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Can You Really Love Jesus Yet Hate the Church?

5.  There is No “Perfect Church”

Not the one you attend. Not the one I lead. We are not reviewing movies here. It’s God’s people. 

All churches need to have some accountability. We need to be confident enough to hear the criticisms and pull out what truths we can find to help us. We need to look at our weaknesses and try to improve. Christian churches do need to hold strong to the core beliefs of the scriptural foundation of our faith.

However, because you see a flaw in a church you don’t approve of, it is not necessary to add your voice to the growing sound of church bashing that is shaping a growing prejudice against the church of Jesus Christ as irrelevant, hypocritical, or insignificant. 

Here’s what you CAN do:

Attend a local church. Be an active part of the solution, not a vocal attack of the uninformed.

Pray for the local church. Pray with humility, honor, and faith. Remember who you are talking to – He loves the church.

Serve. Get involved. Most pastors would love to have someone in their local church who would help serve or lead a ministry that reaches out and helps people in the community.

Give. Help support the efforts of the church. Many churches cannot do what they desire to do because people are so much freer with their critiques than their financial support. 

Finally, be the example you would like to see. Get off the bench and get in the game. There’s less complaining on the field. Engage the problem with solutions.

What are your ideas to bring strength to the church?

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Philip Wagner is Lead Pastor of Oasis Church in Los Angeles and founder of Generositywater.org. Oasis is an innovative and racially diverse church, largely comprised of people in their 20’s & 30’s. Oasis is known for its local and global outreach to the impoverished; especially orphans and widows, and funding clean water projects. Philip and his wife, Holly, started Oasis in 1984, in Beverly Hills with10 people. Today they’ve grown to 3000+ members.