“It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.” Job 34:12 (NIV)
Dealing with untruths, when spoken as though they are the words of God, is one of the most difficult scenarios that a Christian can face. Churches split, relationships are damaged, and hearts break over this very issue.
A few years ago, my husband and I each had a nudge from God to attended an established church that we fell in love with. There was a large church following without multiple services. This was a church without debt. They added on to the building when they had funds.
The Pastor spoke words from the altar that defied political correctness. He was passionate. He provided offensive sermons and was unapologetic for those messages. More than once I questioned his Biblical basis for his claims in sermons. Yet my husband enjoyed the church and the services.
When the Pastor came to our house, he railed my husband about not being a “true” Christian head of the household. Again, offensive and unapologetic. Still, my husband was drawn to him and his teaching.
When this Pastor had a sermon on being fruitful and multiplying, the stage was set for my feelings to be hurt, based on my past experiences with infertility and miscarriages.
He preached that those who did not have multiple babies were being “unwilling” or “unfaithful” to spreading the Word of God. He stated that if you weren’t pregnant, trying to get pregnant or having babies then you weren’t a strong enough Christian. If you weren’t able to get pregnant, you weren’t praying hard enough. He stated that God gives His faithful and prayerful people what they ask for. Therefore, if you are not receiving what you are praying for, then you are either unfaithful or don’t have a healthy prayer life.
Imagine my shock. The dagger to my heart when I realized that he was saying that my 20+ years of praying for a baby was not enough. That I wasn’t a strong enough Christian.
It was the first time I had been in doubt about my Christian walk based on the words of a Pastor. And it was the first time I defied my husband’s lead regarding the church.
You see, my husband liked this church and he liked the Pastor. However, that was the last day I went to that church. My husband wanted to go back, but I refused. I did not believe it was Biblical teaching coming from the pulpit. I did not believe he was speaking to the hearts of Christians about God’s message.
It was not the first time that my husband saw the spiritual gift of discernment being used in our house, but it was certainly the first time that it caused chaos and contention.
After prayerful consideration, we found another church. That decision was not easy. It’s not always easy to follow your heart when you hear the true voice of God speak to you.
Come to the porch and share an experience where following the voice of God was not an easy road…