I recently read an article, by a preacher I have great respect for, entitled, “Abusing the Body”–yeah, I hear ya laughing! O well, I really did, and it was about what you might expect–“Abusing the body”. What he said was factual and something we need to think about, but it prompted me to think along a different line. I started thinking about those who abuse the body of Christ. We live in a day when we hear a lot about abuses of different sorts– child abuse, spousal abuse, etc., but nobody is talking about church abuse. Someone needs to sound the alarm!
Over the years I have preached many messages related to the church and even used the phrase,”God is interested in body-building”. As Paul said, ” Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.” (Rom. 14:19). So, I got to thinking about people’s abuse of the Body of Christ, the church. We could spend hours talking about the various ways in which people harm the church, but for now I just want you to think about the seriousness of such a sin. Abusing your own body is bad enough, but I suspect it is an even more serious offense to abuse the Lord’s body. It puts us in grave danger when we harm the Lord’s church, — even in danger of the grave. Really! Paul made this very clear when he wrote about the problems in the church at Corinth (1 Cor. 3:16-17; 11:29-30).
It is bad enough when members refuse to help, aid, and support others, but it is worse when they intentionally attack and harm them. We keep hearing the refrain “This has to stop!” in regards to many things–well, I believe, it’s time for us to use this mantra in reference to the Lord’s church. If a church is to survive, this craziness has to stop. Over and over again I hear of church spats and splits and churches closing their doors. And it can happened to any church. It is bad enough that the world is against us. It is worse when we turn against one another. Jesus said, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.“(John 13:35). Maybe you ought to read 1 Cor. 13 to see what love does.