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8 Reasons Some Church Members Are Mean

来源:网络 作者:Chuck Lawless 时间:2016-02-17 点击:

To be honest, I’ve been blessed. In all the churches where I’ve served as pastor or interim pastor, most of my members have been great people. Sometimes, though, a church member can be downright mean. Based on our Lawless Group interviews and surveys over the years, here are some of the reasons church members can be mean:

1. All church members are still people.

That’s not an excuse for meanness, though; it’s just an admission of reality. Even saved people sometimes act like sinners when the right button gets pushed.

2. Some are nonbelievers.

Even Jesus had one in His immediate group of 12 who was never a believer, and I doubt our churches will do better than Jesus did. Lost people will always act like lost people eventually-even when they don’t think they’re lost.

3. Many are undiscipled.

Too many churches bring people into the local congregation, but then do nothing to disciple them. The new believers remain babies in Christ, even when they’ve been in the church for years. Usually, they whine a lot.

4. Some are carrying burdens alone.

Often, we don’t know what burdens others bear because we choose to carry our own pain alone. The father who can’t find a job … the parents whose child has been arrested … the teen whose parents have just split up … the faithful member who is being abused … sometimes the anguish of life weighs so heavy on us that our tempers are short and our words are volatile.

5. Some were given authority far too early.

When our churches give positions to those who haven’t yet grown (and many churches do that, granting positions on the basis of years in the church rather than on maturity in the faith), we shouldn’t be surprised when they fight to protect their toys. That’s what kids do.

6. Some are living in sin.

For anyone who is a true believer, the conviction of sin cuts deeply-but that doesn’t always result in immediate repentance. Church members who remain in their sin for any length of time sometimes turn their conviction on others. Judging somebody else at least briefly turns their attention from their own sin.

7. Some have anger issues.

Maybe you know people like that. They’re great one minute, but they erupt like a volcano the next. They’re often quickly repentant, too, but they get no help in breaking the pattern.

8. The church lets them be mean.

At the bottom line, church members are mean because the church allows them to be that way. For whatever reason—perhaps it’s fear of losing members—churches sometimes refuse to confront members who need to repent of their rudeness and unkindness. Instead, we simply let them live in their sin. The choice to avoid confrontation is unChristian. In fact, you might even say it’s mean.

信徒活在“老我”的8个原因

翻译:王唯一

说实话,我有时会自己责备自己,在我所服侍的教会和我所牧养过的教会中,我的大部分同工以及我所牧养的信徒都是在主里面有着很好的信仰根基的人。但有时,话虽这样说,可是仍有一部分信徒仍旧没有活出在基督的新人的样式。基于我们教会长老们多年来的调查和观点,我们认为教会的信徒中一些人仍旧活在“老我”之中的原因有以下几个。

1.信徒们也是肉体意义上的人。

这并不是为他们活在老我之中找借口,这其实只是坦白了一个事实,有些信徒在自我拯救及拯救他人的方法上表现的像一个罪人。

2.教会的信徒里仍有一部分人仍是不信者。

就像耶稣身边一直追随他的十二门徒里也有一个是不信他的。况且我不能确保我的教会做的会比主耶稣更好。有些迷途的羔羊表现出来的一直是迷惘的样子。最终连他们自己也意识不到自己已经忘记了主所为他预备的道路。

3.许多人并不是的追随者。

太多的牧师把人们带到了当地的教会,但是在随后的道路上就不去追随主,新信徒往往只是身体来到了教会,很多人居然许多年都活在这样的光景中,通常,这类信徒总是会抱怨很多东西。

4.有些时候,我们只是承担了生活的重负。

我们经常不晓得别人承担了怎样的重负,因为我们选择独自去承受自己的伤痛。一位父亲找不到一份养家糊口的工作,一对夫妇的孩子被捕入狱,一个孩子的家长离婚……有时,生活中那些令人痛苦的重担是如此之重,以至于我们变得没有耐心(乱发脾气),甚至出口成脏,恶语伤人。

5.有时候我们过早地让人负责事工。

当我们的教会给那些灵命尚未成熟的人一些侍奉的职位(事实上,有许多教会这样做了,妥协地将这些职位给了那些教会中世俗地位高的人,或者待在教会时间长的人,而不是信仰成熟的人),在他们拼尽一切去保护他们自己的“玩具(像权力、利益之类的东西)”,你不用惊讶,这只有灵命不成熟的人才做得出来。

6.仍有一些人活在罪中。

对于每一个真正的信徒来说,他们对罪的定义是很深刻的,但这并不意味着他们会在犯罪之后就会马上悔改,有些信徒一直活在自己的罪中,有时却还会给别人定罪,至少也会把他们的注意力从他们自己的罪转移到批判别人的罪上。

7.有些人易怒。

你知道可能有些人喜欢这样,这些人往往只伟大很短的时间,随后而来的是如同火山爆发一样的愤怒,到在这之后,他们又马上忏悔自己刚才的所做所为,但他们却没有获得属天的力量去打破这种境况。

8.一些教会允许信徒活在老旧之中。

在这条底线下,因为教会允许信徒做这些事,使得他们活的老旧。可能是因为他们害怕失去信徒吧,无论什么原因,教会有时不会要求信徒去面对并且忏悔自己所做的无礼行为和不善良的事。取而代之,我们的教会允许他们活在罪中,在基督里,选择不去忏悔是无法活出在基督里的新人的,事实上,你可能说他是老旧的人就因为这个。


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