Church, stop being afraid

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by Richard Mansel

When we are immersed for the remission of our sins, we are added to the Lord’s body, the Church that belongs to Christ (Acts 2:38,47; 20:28; 22:16).

Jesus is God, the Almighty, who overcame every obstacle (John 1:1-2; 16:33). He will never leave us (Hebrews 13:5) and we can be courageous and fearless in him. So, why are so many of God’s people paralyzed by fear?

We live, work and worship as Christians and try to do what is right, as well we should. However, we look around at people who are not teaching truth and we fear being identified with them.

So we do all that we can to distance ourselves from denominational people. We measure our doctrines and lives so that we are clearly distinguished from false teachers. It’s like we are more afraid of men than God.

The result is that fear isolates us and strangles our Christianity. We work so hard trying not to be them that we forget what it means to be in Christ. In the process of trying not to be someone else, we lose our identity.

Saints cease to become saints because false teachers have corrupted the word. We are tense in worship for fear of being like denominational people.

The result is that we do nothing, because we are paralyzed. If we are too loving or affectionate to each other, we might be criticized. So, we stand back and try not to breathe.

Stop it! Be God’s people!

Use biblical words and doctrines and never be afraid to be right and righteous. All that matters is that we are in Christ, and we want others to be here (Ephesians 1:3; Galatians 3:27; Matthew 28:18-20). What people outside of Christ do has nothing to do with us (Romans 12:1-2).

Like Jesus told Peter, “…what is that to you? You follow Me” (John 21:21, NKJV).

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

3 thoughts on “Church, stop being afraid

  1. Excellent article Richard! I have these thoughts every time I talk about faith. We have to make sure that we prove that what we say isn’t the “faith only” doctrine of the denominations. They are the ones who have changed the meaning of faith and we shouldn’t have to defend our biblical usage of faith.

  2. Right on target, Richard. We have worried so much about what other people will say or think that we have forgotten about the Lord’s priorities. We have chosen to be the “one talent man” in Jesus’ parable of the talents. We have buried our mission, we have chosen the safe way, we have forgotten that the Lord calls us to take up our cross and follow him.

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