Of the Church.
Chapter 26, Paragraph 13.
“No church members, upon any offence taken by them, having performed their duty required of them towards the person they are offended at, ought to disturb any church-order, or absent themselves from the assemblies of the church, or administration of any ordinances, upon the account of such offence at any of their fellow members, but to wait upon Christ, in the further proceeding of the church.”
Too many times someone gets offended in a church. It could be something someone said, it could be a decision of the leadership, or it could be that not enough people said hello to them that causes the offense. And too many times it seems easier to the offended to start afresh at another church in town. But is it the right thing to do?
Life in the church is not all sunshine, lollipops, and roses. There will be times when we get on each other’s nerves. We will be sinned against. We will sin against others. When we journey together as a church, we must remember to “ Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves…” (Phillippians 2:3).
While working through an offense, our instinct is to avoid everything and everyone involved. Assembling with the saints to worship God may be the last thing we feel like doing. Unless this church proves to be a false one, though, it is still governed by Christ. Obedience to his commands are not optional no matter how we feel. Until the matter is resolved, we are still called to fellowship with the saints to whom we are joined.
Questions to Consider
- When should you leave a church?