“Look at that heavily tattooed, pierced man!” “I hear that girl over there sleeps around and had an abortion. I can’t believe she had the audacity to come to church.” “That preacher at that church on the other end of town has been divorced. I bet that church is one of those feel-good churches to let a man like that be their pastor.”
By the things I hear out of the mouths of many people in churches, one would think that drug addicts, post-abortive women, divorced preachers, and contemporary worship leaders are the church’s enemy. They are not! Honestly, they shouldn’t be anyone’s enemy! These are people for whom Christ died, yet those who claim to know Jesus have a hatred for those who aren’t like them. They have been taught to dislike sinners when the Lord Jesus was one who purposely and lovingly went after these. He is not here now, so we are the ones who should love them.
Churches often choose to view behaviors as the enemy when it has always been the devil. They spend more time fighting from within and keeping “unwanted” people from Heaven than engaging against a war against the devil and loving people to Jesus.
It’s time to wake up. The only unwelcome person or force in the life of the Christian is the devil. We need to pray and use our God-given weapons while operating in the fruit of the Spirit.