The Church is a Mess

We heard from a friend this week who recently dismissed his worship pastor because of a hidden life of sexual addiction. Another friend is involved in challenging two people who are in ministry to go through the necessary steps of confession and repentance because of an adulterous affair. Almost weekly I receive messages through Facebook or the blog sharing deep sorrow over their husband’s infidelity.

The Church is a mess. 

But God is at work.

I could cave to despair when I’m faced with all of these different instances of sin, but actually I think God is responding to our prayers. I believe He wants to purify His bride.

Could it be that He is uncovering sin for the sake of His great Name? 

God won’t be mocked and He desires a holy bride.

God’s gracious uncovering of sin is a merciful work that brings refining if we allow it.

Dear friend, are you struggling today because you’ve not seen your prayers answered in relation to a loved one caught in sin?

Are you walking through the destruction because of someone else’s sin?

Is it hard to understand what God is doing in your life right now?

The specific details of what He’s doing in your life and mine may look a lot different, but one thing I believe He’s doing is refining us. He desires a pure bride:

Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.

(Ephesians 5:25–27)

If you missed the posts that ran this week on restoring a fallen brother, I hope you’ll click back to read those. The Church needs to be actively on mission to recover those who are “caught in their transgressions” (Galatians 6:1–2).

Rather than being overwhelmed by the destruction of sin, will you join me in praying for God’s purifying work to be accomplished for His glory?

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  1. Posted by Vicki

    “The Church is a mess.
    But God is at work.
    I could cave to despair when I’m faced with all of these different instances of sin, but actually I think God is responding to our prayers. I believe He wants to purify His bride.
    Could it be that He is uncovering sin for the sake of His great Name?”

    Dear Kim,
    Thank you for this post! We, also, have been going through some tough things here in our neck of the woods, and I have hoped, prayed, and voiced those same words. Sometimes it feels like one sucker punch after another. But God is up to something!! It helps to hear it coming from another believer. It reminds us that we’re not in this mess alone, and there IS purpose! Yours is another voice of encouragement to see the trials from a spiritual aspect in light of eternity. I’ll be sharing your words with my friends up here, most of which are in the purifying fire in one way or another. Again, thank you!

    Love,
    Vicki

    “Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Amen and amen! “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!!”


    • Posted by Kimberly Wagner

      Oh, precious Vicki, thank you for this update! The Father often brings you to mind to pray for you and your church situation. I hope your friends will be encouraged through this blog post and am glad you’re sharing with others. Graciously remind them that He is “the God who sees.” He sees what you are facing, He knows, He cares, and He is at work even when we are unaware! He is faithful.

      Blessings, friend ~


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