Where should the shame lay?

When I read posts about current events in the Church, I see a recurring theme that doesn’t make sense to me. I’ve seen comments where the poster is asking why someone is ‘airing our dirty laundry’. I’ve seen complaints that the ‘fallen angels’ are just trying to bring shame to the Church. I’ve seen replies that these things just shouldn’t be shared for the world to see. On one hand I can understand this mentality, I wouldn’t want my embarrassing moments to be shared with the world, nor would I want everyone to know every trifling mistake my family may have committed. However I’m not perfect, and it’s expected I’ll mess up, either in what I say or what I do. Is that the case for the Church? Do we believe the Church is not perfect and will make mistakes as well?

I do not believe that is the case. If I am wrong, please advise me of the verses that support your belief that the body of Christ can be wrong. For we are taught that the Church is the body of Christ (Colossians 1:18) and that Christ was made perfect (Hebrews 2:10).And if the Church is perfect, and the teachings are true, then why should we be ashamed of anything that is done? If it is righteous, then how can it be shameful? If it is the will of God, then how can it be shameful? And finally, if it is shameful, is it possible those actions are not in accord with the teachings? Is it possible those actions are not righteous or the will of God if you think they bring shame?

Let’s discuss a very specific scenario where this has occurred. Not too long ago a sister in Elizabeth, New Jersey was expelled. From the video that she posted, it was pretty clear that she was expelled because things her parents had said or done, and it was also pretty clear that no part of the administration had talked to her first before expelling her. It was in the comments of this video (which unfortunately has been taken down), that someone had asked why she was embarrassing the Church. I don’t recall the exact wording, but that was the gist of the comment. But how is this embarrassing the Church? If her being expelled in this manner was righteous, how is it embarrassing? If you find shame in the way this sister was expelled this way, then why not ponder the reason you are embarrassed?

Are you embarrassed by the Church? Its teachings? Or do you find the shame is in the unrighteous actions of those who claim to represent the true Church? Did the Apostles try to cover up the misdeeds of each other? In Galatians 2:14 Paul publicly admonished Peter for his wrongdoings, he did not try to cover it up and not let anyone know what was going on, because he knew the danger of allowing it to continue (Galatians 2:13).

Let me end with this verse:

“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” – Ephesians 5:11

 

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4 thoughts on “Where should the shame lay?

  1. I think “Shame” was the second emotion I felt when all of this stuff began to happen. The first was “Disbelief.” I just couldn’t believe that the decisions being made were actually occurring. Then, when the truth of this madness stared to set-in, then “Shame” was definitely front-and-center. At that point, I no longer wanted to introduce ANYONE I knew to the Church because I was ashamed of what it had become. Initially, because my friends and family are all intelligent people, they would Google the INC when I brought up the idea of them listening to the teachings, and wow….the things they found. That was that. No more invitations to Bible Studies or services – primarily because the next question they would ask is, “Why should I join a Church like this?” And I would have absolutely no answer for them.

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    1. It is a hard thing to separate what is being said (the teachings) from what is being done (the actions we see). As they say, actions speak louder than words. While we would agree the teachings are true, it is the actions of the administration that people take notice of and base their judgments on. If we don’t condemn those unrighteous actions, then it just confirms in the minds of our potential visitors that what they see happening is what the members believe to be the teachings of Christ.

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  2. The most recent example was a member getting expelled in CA for refusing to wear a thumbprint. Even his granddaughter was expelled. She is an innocent victim, period! Her only so-called “crime” is being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    The sister in NJ had every right to be pissed.

    Non members have been censored at Access The Truth and some are taking screen shots.

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  3. Hi Brother Joseph,

    I’ve shared links to articles below that will hopefully shed some light on your questions. The articles give biblical proof that the church administration is not perfect or infallible. I hope you find this helpful.

    God speed and God bless.

    THE CHURCH ADMINISTRATION IS NOT INFALLIBLE (A Call To Action)
    https://onewithgodandchrist.wordpress.com/2016/05/07/the-church-administration-is-not-infallible-redacted-version/

    EDUARDO V. MANALO And RADEL CORTEZ Uses The Bible To Deceive The Entire Church
    https://onewithgodandchrist.wordpress.com/2016/05/25/eduardo-v-manalo-and-radel-cortez-used-the-bible-to-deceive-the-entire-church-2-john-110-11-2-tim-216-17-1-cor-110/

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