By Ronald W Robey

Galatians 6:1 (KJV) Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

The Church today seems to be in such disorder. The Bible should be their final authority, and yet, it is not their final authority.

The Biblical instruction for handling one who is overtaken in a fault is for those who are spiritual to restore such an one in the spirit of meekness. (Gal. 6:1) And yet, instead, the Church would rather number one who is believed to be “overtaken in a fault” with the man who is in outright sin and put that one out from amongst them. “They don’t believe like we do, kick them out” is the general consensus, instead of imitating the noble Bereans and searching the Scriptures to see if the things that are said are so.

Is the Church today spiritual? or just religious? Has the Father’s house of prayer become a sepulchre full of dead man’s bones?

We are told to study the Word of God that we might be approved of God as workmen. (2 Tim. 2:15). And yet, when we study the Word and find that practices or doctrines being espoused and taught in the assembly are not in agreement with what is written in Scripture, we are rebuked for what the Word reveals to us.

Yes, the Church seems to be in disorder. The doctrines and traditions of man are put on one side of the scales and the Holy Scriptures on the other side. The Church should be allowing Scripture to be the sole factor in all matters of faith and practice, and yet, Scripture is dismissed in favor of what man deems to be right. As a result, the institutionalized Church has been weighed in the balance and found wanting.

Every man does that which seems right in his own eyes in today’s religious system. Tradition demands things to be done one way, Scripture another. We’ll just go with tradition.

When the Church does not restore one who they believe to be overtaken in a fault, but instead puts that one out of their fellowship, the Church is sending a message that it has no spiritual members, only religious zealots.

For such a Church, the name “Ichabod” should be placed over her doors, for, “the Glory has departed.”

 

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