Random thoughts on Life, Leadership, & Messy Spirituality

Why Do Some Churches Do This?!?!

Let me just say in advance – please excuse this post & try to understand the heart behind it. This is 1 part rant & several parts reinforcing our values here at Eagle Pointe.

Recently, I’ve had several people from our church come to me rather upset. I actually was pretty excited, that in this case they were not upset with me – which is frequently the case. If you haven’t figured this out yet, I’m not your traditional nice, quaint, politically correct type of pastor – so as a result I sometimes rub people the wrong way.

This has happened numerous times over the last year or so, but these people recently came to me upset that people in other churches, in our area, are bad-mouthing our church. As if that wasn’t bad enough, these people, from other churches, are aggressively trying to recruit people to leave our church & come to their church. These upset church members had themselves been recruited, as well, friends in their ministry teams & life groups had been recruited. REALLY?!?! Sadly, we have had some people persuaded to leave & go to the other churches.

In these meetings where people shared their anger & frustrations with me over what people in other churches were doing – I sat back & listened intently. Then I shared with them what has become my mantra & standard answer every time I hear about this happening. Here’s what I say… (and I repeat it to all of you now)

It’s okay! We cannot control what anybody else does. However, we can control what we do. And regardless of the attacks the enemy throws at us, or the attacks that the enemy uses other “churches/christians” to throw at us - we ALWAYS take the high ground! ALWAYS! We will never stoop to their level. We keep our hearts, motivations, attitudes & focus in the right place. We keep doing what God has called us to do & we let Him deal with the attacks from the enemy & from stupid people! And as long we keep doing the right thing with the right heart – God is going to bless us for doing so!”

And I’m proud & grateful to say that He has! God has not only replaced those we’ve lost – but He continues to bring so many more people to Eagle Pointe. Thank you & GO GOD!

Here’s 3 more quick thoughts on this…

1) People ask why would other people/churches do this? My answer – “Because they have a misguided ax to grind & the more people they can talk into agreeing with them – the more justified they become in their own mind. As well, it is a whole lot easier to grow your church by getting other church people to come to your church – than it is to actually do the hard work of building relationships with the 90+% of our community who are not in church & trying to introduce them to Jesus. (You know – that silly little thing Jesus said called the Great Commission)”

2) I also make it VERY clear to those who come to me upset about this, as well as to everyone in our church – “WE DO NOT SWAP SHEEP!!! We are a hospital for broken people & light house for lost souls – un-apologetically! And if I ever hear of someone in our church trying to get someone to leave another church & come to ours – that person will no longer be welcome at Eagle Pointe!!!

3) I’ve also had people tell me that other people they know, who are not in church & are not Christians, have heard about some of this & their comments are “See, that’s why I don’t go to church – all the people are hypocrites!” I believe that this one right here absolutely break the heart of Jesus. As I’ve said for years & I believe this with all my heart – “Christians & churches have done more to hurt the cause of Christ – than Satan could ever possibly dream of!

So, Eagle Pointe’rs – here’s my encouragement to you… “Ignore what other people/churches say & do. Always take the high ground. Let’s keep our hearts, motivations, attitudes & focus in the right place. Keep fighting the good fight & keep doing what God has called us to do & let Him deal with the attacks ! As long we keep doing the right thing with the right heart – God is going to bless us for doing so!

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5 responses

  1. Thanks pastor Howard for this message,it’s great blessing.

    September 5, 2012 at 3:28 pm

  2. Aaron Lay

    Very enjoyable read paster, I can’t wait for someone to try convince me to leave. That will be a fun conversation. God has planted me and my family, and unless I serve a wishey washy God, which I don’t, my roots are growing deeper.

    September 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm

  3. eagleeins

    Amen! Some folks have the constant inkling to always stirr up trouble or doubt others based on wrong perceptions or bad opinions. As for myself, I KNOW I am “messed up” and I am in pretty good company, right?!!??

    At the end of the day, we should concentrate on the important aspects of our lives and let those that try to doubt our convictions, go by the wayside.

    God bless you Howard for your leadership and guidance!

    Kris & Holly

    September 5, 2012 at 5:41 pm

  4. David Gross

    I’m at Eagle Pointe because I see God reaching “broken people & lost souls” (including me!) here and I want to be part of what God’s doing. As long as we’re doing that, I can live with compilants from any other source :-).

    September 5, 2012 at 5:48 pm

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