The Bible tells us to REJOICE and praise the Lord!
BLESSED are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall SEPARATE YOU [from their company], and shall reproach [you], and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Luke 6:22
What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, WHO [can be] against us? Romans 8:31
I keep hearing reports about how poorly the church is treating people, especially towards the single, the widowed, the orphans, the lonely, and the divorced. While the church should be offering love, compassion, help, friendship, and biblical encouragement to the hurting, the lonely, and the single they instead make trouble, make false claims, wrongfully judge, and sometimes badger them to the point of damaging their reputations.
True Christians are leaving the churches because God is not in them. The book of Revelation warns us of how churches in the last days will be. There are seven churches described which represent the types of churches we see today. In the Bible they are actually letters from God giving strong warning to these churches to REPENT or else they will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Read Revelation 2 – Revelation 3. The churches are as follows:
(1) The Church of Ephesus
This church recognized the false apostles and had no tolerance for them. These people did not make compromises. They were truth seekers, but the Lord said this church had no love. They lost their passion for Jesus (Revelation 2:1-7).
(2) The Church of Smyrna
This was the persecuted church. Jesus warned of coming persecution when some will be imprisoned and suffer persecution for ten days (Revelation 2:8-11).
(3) The Church of Pergamos
Although this church never denied their faith in Jesus Christ they were compromiser’s of the faith and morality, and our Lord hates religious and moral compromise (Revelation 2:12-17).
(4) The Church of Thyatira
This church tolerated Jezebel, idol worship, and immorality (Revelation 2:18-29).
(5) The Church of Sardis
This church was popular and may have had lots of members with lots of activities and uplifting messages from the pulpit but it was spiritually malnourished and dead (Revelation 3:1-6).
(6) The Church of Philadelphia
This church was faithful to the Lord, but God called those who were enemies of this church “the synagogue of Satan” (Revelation 3:7-13).
(7) The Church of Laodicea
Remember it was the Pharisees, the haughty, self-righteous church people, who called Jesus evil, laughed at him, falsely accused him, and ultimately crucified Him at Calvary (John 18).
In 3 John the Bible talks about people who were being put out of the church and even having them arrested because of a preacher’s arrogance to assert control over the church. And Jesus replied,
Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God. 3 John 1:11
So when the church treats you badly or even kicks you to the curb simply smile. Keep your concentration and focus steadily upon Jesus and REJOICE because the Lord is coming soon, and thank the Lord Jesus because it was the Lord’s blessing that He removed you, the wheat amongst the tares (Matthew 13:30)!
They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would [no doubt] have continued with us: but [they went out], that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. 1 John 2:19
Read more about the seven churches