I’ve been ‘running’ a church service now for approaching 4 years, and weekly Bible studies for the last 8 years or so, and during this time I’ve seen a number of Christians come and go. The ones who have stayed are those who are passionate about learning the truth of God and His inspired and preserved word. They ask questions, they interact, they want to learn new things, and they also love sharing their understanding of the word and what the Lord has shown them, to name just a few of their character traits. The wonderful fellowship we all enjoy with one another is in one accord, with Christ at the centre. We all have a shared interest to LEARN together.
The ones who have come and gone after a short stay, I’ve noticed, seemed to have had a similar attitude with one another – they didn’t want to hear or learn the TRUTH; not just about God’s word, but also about the Christian life!
These people were more interested in either wanting to run their own fellowship group, wanting to be the person who ‘knows everything’ within the group, wanting to be in a group that just read the Bible with no care about what version it was, didn’t want to listen to exactly what God had to say through His inspired and preserved word, had no belief that God has indeed preserved His word, had no interest in rightly dividing the word, never wanted to be corrected when they were clearly in error, and so on, and so on. Basically, they all shared the same type of rebellious, disobedient, and proud attitudes, and had no intention of coming under submission of a local church.
So, my question is this … did these people remove themselves from a TRUE, Bible-believing fellowship (that the Lord obviously led them to in the first place), OR, did God remove them so as to not disrupt the genuine Bible student? I wonder.