I'm (Sal) not proud to write this, but I feel it is important so people who comes to the faith will not be suprise. As any type of institution-"man made"-there will always be coruptions because man isn't perfection-only Jesus-as He showed through the Gospels. I've heard and seen Christians being ridiculed becuase of their personal negative experience. I don't blame them, but we shouldn't be judgmental of a group of individuals. Instead, we need to see each others as individuals. We can easily stereotype a group of people because of our individuals experience(s) with a particular situation or more than one circumstance. For example, I was very racist before because of several negative experiences with "White" people. However, as I grew in my personal relationship with Jesus, I grew to NOT stereotype or judge a particular group (see racism)
No Man is Perfect!
No one-even Christians-are NOT perfect because of our innate sinful nature. That is why we need to focus on Jesus, and NOT the man (pastors, evangelist, teachers, etc...) that is why I want to stress the need of a personal growing relationship with our Heavenly Father!
Instead of ridiculing and judging Christians who has done wrong, we need to pray for them individually:
Have you been hurt by your local church? Have you been jumping around church to church? Well, there is NO such thing as a "perfect church"! Forgive those who hurt you and ask God for healing and get plugged into the Church Body! You can't walk the Christian walk alone!
*these are just some of the infamous evangelists known for illegal/immoral practices. I'm sure there are others that many would be suprised, but that would take away from the point of this. My intent is to not "judge" these folks, but to show you that we cannnot totally believe in "man". I hope that your trust and total dependence will encourage you to follow Jesus!
*Note: Some of these links can be inaccurate, please use some discernment. Some of these folks have turned away-repent-from their mistakes. Please continue to lift them and the many "called-evangelist" in prayer as many are prone to being spiritually attack!
Wolves Amongst Sheeps
Jesus did warn us...
"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves."-Matthew 7:15
...more on the cults/occults
False "so called Christian" Prophets
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