9/4/13 Marty, Brandon, Chuck,Dwight, and others
Out prayerwalking with New Life Community Church again tonite. No real in-depth Gospel conversations, but we offered prayer for or with many people along the way. Most were open to us praying for them right there on the sidewalk; others didn’t feel comfortable with this so we told them we would pray for them later. Most have belonged to nearby churches all their life, churches that are known to have “let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.” (Mark 7) I believe these churches have so watered down the important truths of the Bible that they distract people away from the Gospel more than they lead them to it. Yet we offered prayers of blessing for these people – Marty, Dwight, Brandon, Chuck and others – and for their churches without criticism, along with prayers of blessing for their health, families, and work. Why not warn them instead of the dangers of false teaching in their churches? Because I truly believe that God heard our prayers, and when He decides to “bless” a local church, this could take many forms, positive or negative, designed to bring them back to a right relationship with Himself based on His Word. Our prayers are much more effective than our criticism! And besides, I believe this is the sort of less-than-ideal church situation that Paul was writing about in Romans 14, where he wrote “Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.” and “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food (or other minor differences).” Do you agree with this approach? If not, will you pray for us?