Posted November 26th, 2011 at 07:57 AM by Lois
One sign of an unhealthy church is when they teach that almost everyone else is wrong and lost except them. This isn't speaking of those outside Christianity, but those within. This may also be said of some of the churches within their own organization, if they belong to one.
Besides believing that outside their doors there are few that are saved, some particularly unhealthy churches also tell their members to not go to any functions at certain churches within the same organization. The reason behind their detest for these churches may be they feel the pastor is lax on the standards of the organization, or perhaps not in line with the 'higher' standards he holds. It might be that they allow the use of some form of media that is taught against, like filming services. It may just be because he doesn't like the other pastor for some reason. The jealousy between some ministers is a shame.
I remember when my former pastor would say we were the only church in the area with 'the truth.' Yet in the nearby town, just minutes away, was another church in our same organization. He felt that pastor was lax on standards as all those attending didn't fall in line (as if all those attending our church did...). He also sometimes spoke against our long-time District Superintendent, saying he 'stole' people from our church. Through the years I have heard far worse stories than the things my pastor would do.
Some of these elite may even go on to a 'preferred' way, a 'better' way, that puts distance between them and those they feel are abandoning 'truth.' They will uphold 'the old paths,' even though those alleged 'old paths' are not found in scripture. "Tradition, tradition! Tradition!"
An unhealthy church has no problem disregarding Galatians 5:13-15 as they bite and devour one another. What was it that the early Christians were known by?