Don’t you hate it when Christians say:
it sounds to me like you have a hurt, perhaps by someone (or people) from church, or even the church system itself. You need to remember, that we should not put our trust in the church system, or even people. Jesus is the only one we can depend on, the only one who will never let us down.
Whenever someone says this I want to scream. Why? Because it’s a cop out that’s why. “Jesus will never let us down,” they say. “Depend on Him,” they say. Well, how exactly do you “depend” on Jesus? The bible says we are to depend on Jesus through the church, the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12: 12, 27; Eph. 4:12; Col. 1:24). What is the church made of? People. Therefore, we are to depend on the Body of Christ to represent Jesus on earth. When this fails, then what? Why we are right back to where we started. Someone will say, “You must depend on Jesus, not flawed humans.” Bleck! Such tripe. It’s merely an attempt to escape the responsibility of BEING the body of Christ and owning up to the failure of the church when it happens. It’s so easy to say, “You should never look to people, but only to Jesus!” When we are also told constantly that “we need a God with skin on!” Remember that in Sunday sermons! The only God with “skin on” is the Body of Christ represented by the church.
Come on! Won’t someone please say, “You know what, we’ve failed as the body of Christ. Many, many people are hurt by the church and perhaps we need to do something about it. We are not representing Christ to other people. We’ve failed and we’re sorry.” Now THAT would be refreshing!