In Sunday School (SS) this past Sunday, we talked about “wolves” coming into the fold and “wolves” already being within. Acts 20:28-30 ” So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and Shephard God’s flock–his church, purchased with his own blood–over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as elders. *29* I know that false teachers, like vicious wolves, will come in among you after I leave, not sparing the flock. *30* Even some men from your own group will rise up and distort the truth in order to draw a following.”
We talked quite a bit about this and a statement, something to the effect of, How many times do you hear of “wolves” coming into a church vs. How many times the “wolves” were already IN and PART of the church? Interesting question. An example of the latter being the infamous Judas Iscariot. Other examples given included Peter denying Christ 3 times, Doubting Thomas
doubting being the operative word. I don’t necessarily agree with those examples being examples of “wolves,” but Judas for sure.
This line of thinking led to people being hurt BY THE CHURCH.
Really it’s a person, a wolf, or a group/pack and the “church” gets the blame. Is it un-Christian-like to say “(insert name here) HURT ME!! HE/SHE/THEY HAVE BROKEN MY HEART, MY ALREADY FRAGILE BEING!”??
Is it uncouth to say this?
It is messed up that “the church” gets blamed for the actions of people (wolves) in it!
During our discussion, I was immediately taken aback to the time I was hurt. I think about it often, I only talk to a few key people in complete detail about it, and I’m not sure I’ll ever truly get “over it.”
My answer to the question as to why it hurts and is so damaging when one is hurt by the church is due to the level of intimacy! For those who do not know, intimacy does not always mean sex
felt the need to clarify.
Worship, fellowship, group study, prayer, etc. It’s all VERY, VERY intimate!! Your pour your heart out
literally at times) , talk about things good AND bad and you PRAY and PRAISE To The ONE TRUE GOD…TOGETHER!!!!!! How can that not be total intimacy? Between God, you, and your church family?
Go one step further: If the church is the bride and God is the Bridegroom…INTIMACY.
I think that is why it hurts soooooo much when you are “hurt by the church.”