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2 hours ago, 4LdKHVCzRDj2 said:

Christians are not perfect, but when one sins against you... The minimum to be expected from a Christian is acknowledgment and repentance.

"Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.
But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’
And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector." - Matthew 18:15-17

That's true, but if we think we will find a sizable fellowship where it is completely void of 'hurtful  and hypocritical' persons then I believe we are fooling ourselves.

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On 1/2/2018 at 11:52 AM, KatSue said:

So, I am looking for a place to be open about my questions about God? I grew up in a "christian" family, mother was a sunday school teacher, father was a deacon, both were abusive at home: sexual, physical, and spiritual. I got away from church at 14 yrs old until about 22 yrs old, then left again at 30 yrs old, and tried again to go back to church but found hurtful, hypocritical christians.  The past 7 years  I have been on my own reading the bible only the past year and started christian counseling about 4 months ago, which has brought up a lot of un-answered questions about God. I have read thru the bible now 6 times, and studied several books about God, but this relationship part? ? ? Do I really need community? Are there any real christians? 

It is understandable that you would tend to be more of a loner or introvert because of the abuse you endured during your childhood..  Also understandable that you may not feel comfortable in social situations.. I am on the loner / introvert side myself.. Not extreme, but still i am not at my best in group situations.. I am better in a one on one type situations.. Jesus said that where two or more are gathered in his name then He will be there with them :)   Matthew 18: KJV 20 "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." So this verse takes a lot of pressure of those of us who function better on a one to one basis rather then a mega 1000+ church basis..  :)

So yes we Christians need fellowship with other Christians but that does not need to be in a huge group situations..  In a way we are gathered here in a small group in fellowship You and me KatSue..

And yes there are real Christians.. But i believe they are few in these end times because many supposed Christians have fallen away from the truth that would have them saved and have heaped up for themselves false preachers telling them what they want to hear rather then telling them the truth of the LORD Jesus Christ..

But even having said that.. Being a true Christian does not make one a perfect beings without faults... So even true Christians can be very poor examples of true Christians when it comes to loving their neighbour and being Jesus like towards the world..  Being an introvert and socially awkward makes it hard for a person to be an eloquent public speaker preaching the gospel to crowds in the streets or approaching a complete stranger and witnessing to them without stuttering and stumbling and sounding like a buffoon..

In the end the most important relation we will ever have is our one on One relationship with God... God understands our thoughts and intents and we do not have to be the greatest examples of humanity around Him.. He can use the most pathetic examples of Christians and cause them to be able to serve His purpose in one way or the other..

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