Church Hurt vs Hurt Church

A Hurting Church vs A Healthy Church

Hebrews 10:25 TPT - 25 This is not the time to pull away and neglect[a] meeting together, as some have formed the habit of doing. In fact, we should come together even more frequently, eager to encourage and urge each other onward as we anticipate that day dawning.

I have been in the church for over 50 years of my life. I have lived through one trend after another. I have done wrong while in the church and I have been wronged. Before the words “church hurt” became popular, common, and overused, I am sure I have been both a victim and a perpetrator at one time or another. Thankfully, I have survived them both.

I have only pastored one church but before that, I had been a member of several different churches. Each time I left, I always tried to leave in good standing. In over 50 years, I have never been asked to leave a church. I have been rebuked, corrected, overlooked, pointed out, and even shamed in front of the congregation and behind the scenes. And despite all of that, I never once thought to stop attending church simply because I had a bad experience. After all, I have had more good experiences than bad.

In full confession, there were times when I had to leave the particular church that I was attending, but I didn’t choose to quit going to church altogether. Hebrews 10:25 did not allow for that and I refused to become that vulnerable to the enemy who is always seeking a way to destroy me (1 Peter 5:8).