This past weekend, I heard the lesson, and I assume, most members of the Church of Christ (Iglesia NI Cristo) did as well all around the world. I thought it was a nice lesson but the words felt empty. It was empty because everyone knows that even though these were the very words of God, these words are not being fulfilled.
The lesson started with the Galatians 6:1, which says:
“My friends, if someone is caught in any kind of wrongdoing, those of you who are spiritual should set him right; but you must do it in a gentle way. And keep an eye on yourselves, so that you will not be tempted, too. “
Should this not start with the Leaders? “Do it in a gentle way?” I don’t believe that means EXPRESS EXPULSIONS. Like this? No need to set them right? Just ONE signature will do it.
And how do the rest of the brethren follow? We’re all too familiar with this now…
Is this also gentle?
The lesson also mentioned this verse:
“But you, friends, must not become tired of doing good. It may be that some there will not obey the message we send you in this letter. If so, take note of them and have nothing to do with them, so that they will be ashamed. But do not treat them as enemies; instead, warn them as believers.” (2 Thessalonians 3:13-15)
“Have nothing to do with them.” What does that mean? In other translations it says: “notice who he is and stay away from him…” Is this really staying away? And what is that last part? “Do not treat them as enemies”
You mean… Like this?
So to see these pictures and then to hear that lesson, it all becomes empty doesn’t it?
If we are to follow the words of God in this past lesson, then why are there groups being formed like “Mandirigmas” or “Spiritual Warriors”?
Who are we warring with? Who are the enemies? Just because brethren have questions, are they now enemies? If their offerings are lower from last year, are they now enemies? Should they now all be on the “Watch list”? Is the answer really just expelling anyone who asks a question? Anyone who dares to speak their mind? Is that what we heard in this weekend’s lesson?
“I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”Acts 20:34-36
If there are brethren who are losing their faith, should they just be cast away? Shouldn’t the “weak” be supported?
There will always be enemies. Shall we fight every enemy of our faith? Treat them harshly? Quite the opposite of the lesson that was taught isn’t it? And is that why Attorney Rommel San Pedro is hunting down this author? Because I am speaking up about what others are thinking? And what did Apostle Paul say?
“Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?”
Many of us are tired. When will there be a change? When will the words of God once again be truly fulfilled?
Let’s pray for that day.