Christian Vs Church Folks

I say all of this in L-O-V-E!

I HATE CHURCH FOLKS!

ChurchFolk-Photo1_w300This blog may ruffle some feathers… but it’s okay. This had to be said and those who understand will understand. I was at Starbucks (they’re are to expensive for a green tea)  with a friend who said he didn’t understand why Christians are so judgmental. He explained how he visited a large church in our area bible study class, and he was dress causally (jeans, a sweat shirt & sneakers). He told me a usher came to him and suggested, if he came back to try wearing a polo or button up shirt next tyme.

This is what “A Christian would wear in the house of God!” He kindly told her that his church didn’t have dress code. She returned that’s his Pastor was wrong for not having one. He then replied he was that pastor of that church and he would verify with that church’s pastor of this protocol?

People turned around as we laughed so loud when I explained that was not a Christian, that was Church Folk! Church Folks versus Christians, don’t be deceived they are not the same!!! I love Christians, but as I said I can’t stand Church folks. Unfortunately, there is a difference between some church folks and actual followers of Christ. There are a bunch of people who pack the pews in their local congregations Sunday after Sunday. Many of them are wearing their best attire and adorn themselves with accessories that would make them appear to be a bit more “holy” than usual. They wear big smiles to create the illusion of having joy; they can quote a few scriptures with fervor not because they have committed them to heart but to impress those around them. They may out praise you, pray with eloquence and all, but the truth is that everyone who enters through the doors of the church isn’t a true Christian. Some are just “CHURCH FOLKS”.

In Matthew 7:21-23 (KJV) says; “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven… And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

There are certain things that we as Christians shouldn’t do!  In Matthew 25: 32,33 it reads “All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.  He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.”

Don’t confuse religious people with people who truly have a relationship with God. Religious people may know the bible inside out & quote scriptures well…they know about God but they don’t know God. They have a form of godliness but no power. they are ‘hearers’ of the word but not ‘doers’. They’ll hear: “depart from me… I never knew you”. Folks…don’t be deceived by “religious folk”.

Well I would like to take some tyme to address the goats… “CHURCH FOLKS”.  I was taught that literally one in every four people in Church is truly walking what they believe. What’s the difference between Christians and Church Folks? Jesus gives us a great example of church folks above. Though they many know some law and have church protocol down to a science, there is nothing taking place where it counts: in the heart.

Church folks may stand in the one-hundred dollar line when offerings are being raised (that’s another sermon) willing to give a hefty tithe, but a person cannot pay their way to holiness. Yes, offerings and tithes are right but the Lord judges the offering by the condition of the person’s heart who gives it, not by the amount given. If you give to be seen, you have already received your reward through vain glory.

Church folks may be able to sing a hymn like an angel but there is more concern with how they sound than with ministering in song to the Lord and for the edification of the body of believers. It’s all about self.

Church folks may be able to hide their shortcomings from fellow members, but they readily expose the failures in others. They take joy in seeing fellow members fall because they believe it makes them look better.

Church folks strive for Sunday Morning Righteousness but the rest of the week belongs to them. They are satisfied with mediocrity; they would rather fool people than be in the will of God.

But Christians are concerned with one thing: pleasing God.

Christians give not to be seen but because they know it pleases the Lord and He will openly bless them for what has been privately done.

Christians will worship the Lord all week and praise Him with a pure praise. Worship, in the sense of expressing one’s adoration to the Lord, doesn’t have to be conjured up on Sunday; instead it’s the outpouring of the service (worship) done from Monday to Saturday.

Christians understand that worship and service are interchangeable (Romans 12:1, Gr. latreia) word in the Bible. They may not have a golden voice but they willingly give God the fruit of their lips. They know that what comes from the heart reaches the heart and the anointing of God covers them.

Christians know the cost of salvation and have faith in the redeeming blood of the Lamb. They don’t condemn others, but they restore others in the spirit of meekness, considering themselves, knowing that it could be them who need intercession, encouragement and forgiveness.

They aren’t trying to be better than other people; they just want to be more like Jesus. Christians make themselves to be a disciple, everyday. They are the same on Tuesday as they are on Sunday. They strive to press towards the mark and even when they fall, they don’t intend on staying there. They seek repentance and continue to press!

Jesus said to clean the inside and the outside will be clean. Some of us have gotten it backwards but it’s not too late to get it right. There will always be wheat and tare, light and darkness, righteous and unrighteous and wolves in sheep’s clothing. In short there will be Church Folks and there will be Christians. The question is which one will you be?

True Christians walk in love. They exhibit the fruits of the spirit shown in Galatians: joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, meekness, gentleness, meekness long suffering and self-control, and their ‘fruit’ are evidence. They have touched lives, healed others, set free, and delivered those in need. They have increased the Kingdom by being a living, breathing example of what God was on this earth.

NOW..Look down deep in your heart. Read the verses to yourself, and meditate. Then ask yourself then the following Question…

WHICH TYPE ARE YOU?

This video made me bop & laugh!

 

*Photos/Resources:  http://ebonymompolitic, Emmanuel N Phillip Hudson
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3 thoughts on “Christian Vs Church Folks

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  2. To walk in love and care for the other makes that you do not criticise the others person dress and would like to have him or her as comfortable as possible.
    The dress-code in the Christadelphian denomination is also something where there is a lot of debate. In Belgium we leave it to people to wear what they want and to be dressed. There is no objection at all against casual dress at all. God sees what is in the heart and that is the most important matter. Clothing is just a covering against our shame and cold.

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