Not in Buildings Made of Stone

Pastor ****** said on Sunday, “Don’t confuse people with God.”

This sermon was in a Christian context, not a Mormon one. What does it mean?

When we put a human-made church up on an altar and make it god, we are already breaking the first commandment by worshiping an idol. God doesn’t reside in buildings made of stone. He’s everywhere. Even Christians confuse their leaders with god-like qualities.

Early in my church-attending years, I practically worshiped this pastor. He energized us. He could do no wrong, until one day he made a situation worse by using his new disability to manipulate the emotions of the congregation.

If you are telling the truth, you don’t need a marketing strategy to sway your followers. You don’t need to hide what you really believe behind nice stories and a massive multimedia campaign. You don’t need to manipulate anyone.

The truth can stand on its own.

Religious people are people first and foremost. They can teach us a lot, but they are sinners, too, and are vulnerable to the same temptations as you and I. What my pastor taught on Sunday was that loving people doesn’t mean we always agree with one another.

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8 NIV).

It reminded me of what someone asked me on email: How can I love someone I don’t even know?

Knowing and loving Jesus gives us the ability to love others that seem impossible to love or seem too far away, even complete strangers. Afterall, what did Jesus do for us?

Didn’t He teach how to love sacrificially on the cross?

Isaiah 53:11

After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.

1 Corinthians 15:3

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

As I listened to Pastor **** talk about Jesus, religious people, and the church, I nodded in agreement. I could relate.

You cannot become God, nor would you want that job.

Didn’t you see Bruce Almighty?

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