To the leaders of this church I have a message for you.
I had visited your church on July 16, 2012 and sent a message to you through your webmaster. It either did not get to you, or you did not pay attention to it. You may not have even been informed of my visit so I will not hold that against you.
I try my hardest to see the good in people, but I have to say that when it comes to your church, it is very hard to do. You guys are the grumpiest people I have ever met in a church!
First I want to share with you what I sent to you last year so you are aware of my first impression.
You ever hear the old saying, when the cat’s away the mouse will play? Well in this case when the head is away the body goes astray. It’s amazing how God shows me things.
I was hungry yesterday and had asked God to give me food. Today, as I was heading to the library God showed me the sign that said kitchen open, so I visited your church today. On my way in, a lady said they sell food in there. I wondered why God would take me to a place that sold food in order to eat since I have no money. But I decided to go in and ask what it is that they do there so I would not make assumptions.
If those were people of God in that kitchen, then I hope heaven has something better because they were old grumps. When I asked what it was that they did, she said this is a church. I said, I figured that out on my own, but what is the purpose for the kitchen. She said it wasn’t a homeless shelter or something like that. After that comment, I would not have asked for what I needed and decided to leave and told her they would see me again. As I was leaving God put it on my heart to go back and ask to fill my water bottle, which they allowed me to do, but with an attitude that reeks of goat meat.
You need to teach your church about hospitality for you were visited by an angel of God today and it is not a good report that has been seen. If your church has the love of God in it, then it needs to start shining. All I saw were dark clouds.
Cindi from Ft Lauderdale
Now to my visit this last weekend.
Saturday, July 6, 2013
I guess I was right, I did end up visiting you again, though I cannot say it was a pleasure. Almost a whole year later and what can I say… you are still the grumpiest people I have ever met.
Your outward appearance is beautiful, but your inward appearance is like that of a garbage can. Did you not read what Jesus said to the Pharisees?
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of deadmen’s bones and all uncleanness. So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to me, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. Matthew 23:25-28
You spend so much time honoring God with your clothes that you have forgotten to honor Him with good works and good attitude.
I see many pictures of the elders of the church, but yet I see nothing about how your church has done anything to help the community become a better place to live or the good things the people of the church might do together. I see no fellowship between the people other than a faint greeting as they pass by each other… I see nothing but prices on a menu in a kitchen that would equal the prices of any restaurant in the area. And you call yourself a HOUSE OF PRAYER??
If a ruler pays attention to falsehood, all his ministers become wicked. Proverbs 29:12
Wicked is as wicked does. If a leader teaches wrong, then everyone he teaches will follow what is wrong and not do that which is right. I will address the kitchen in a moment, but I want to address the sign that says “MUST WEAR PROPER ATTIRE TO ENTER” and the response I got when I asked what proper attire was. What I was told is that you honor God by wearing the proper clothes and then he quoted a Bible verse which says a woman shall not wear mens clothes and a man shall not wear woman’s clothes.
The matter of whether a woman should or should not wear a dress or pants should not be of consequence because of the way the scripture reads and how it is interpreted.
The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God. Deuteronomy 22:5 (KJV)
Basically it is saying a woman should not wear clothes which have been prepared for a man, and a man should not wear clothes which have been prepared for a woman.
At the time this was written, both men and women wore a loose, woolen, robe-like cloak or mantle. There were no pants and dresses or skirts. It also does not stipulate that it should only be this way while in the sanctuary, but was meant to be done all the time.
Today clothing is made very differently; there are slacks, dresses, blue jeans, shorts, skirts, culottes, bikini’s and swim trunks, coveralls and a host of other stuff. However, there is a separation of men’s clothing to women’s clothing. Women’s shirts, for example, have the button holes on the right and buttons on the left. Men’s clothes have the button holes on the left and the buttons on the right. There is a very distinct difference between men and women’s clothes, whether it is shirts or pants or underwear.
You cannot interpret this scripture to mean women must wear dresses and men must wear suits because when the scripture was written there was no such article of clothing as what we have today. It is modern man who dictated that clothing prepared for women means dresses. It is also modern man that says it must be a suit rather than blue jeans.
The scriptures do say you should wear modest apparel and not wear fancy jewelry, (1 Peter 3:3; 1 Timothy 2:9) but it does NOT dictate dress or pants, slacks or suits. And always remember something- Jesus did not come in wearing fine clothes and He did not die wearing fine clothes. Jesus also did not “hang out” with people that did wear fine clothes. He was always around the poor, the weak and the suffering and did not give time to the proud and arrogant. You automatically reject people by saying they must dress a certain way in order to enter. Or in my case, you said I was welcome there the way I was that time, but that I would have to change in order to continue coming.
If you are going to put people under the law, you must live by the law. If you are going to say that that scripture means women wear dresses, then it must be outside the sanctuary as well as inside. The scriptures are meant FOR ALL PLACES not just inside the church. But the scriptures also say that if you are going to live by the law, you are not living by faith (Galatians 3:10-13). In the book of Romans it is taught that you die to the Law by the death of Christ and that if you are going to live by the Law, then you will be judged by the Law. So the question now is “Are you living under the Law, or are you living by faith?”
I do not have an issue with you teaching people to dress nicely when they go to church. But I do have an issue with the way you present it. You can NOT pick and choose which scriptures to live by or when and where to live by them. You absolutely CANNOT put words to the scriptures that do not belong there because you want to “force” people to be a certain way. Read and study James 2:1-7 and understand how you are becoming judges based on a person’s clothes.
Now, as to the kitchen. I still do not understand the purpose behind the kitchen. But what I do understand is that when you invite people to your house for dinner, you do not charge them for their food. Why then do you invite people into your Father’s house and make them pay for their food? THE CHURCH IS NOT MEANT TO BE A PLACE OF BUSINESS, it is meant to be a house of prayer.
Why is it that you think Jesus flipped the tables when he entered the tabernacle? (Matthew 21:13) You defile the house of God making it into a business and become guilty of the sin of partiality.
If you need money to keep the church going why do you not ask God for it? Or is it that you don’t think God will supply? If your faith is that low, then you have NO business guiding others to believe God will supply their needs.
Jesus said it is more blessed to give than to receive, yet you receive and do not give. How can you turn things upside down and think you are doing right by God?