I am knocking on all the church doors on the world wide web, I am tickling the brains of all Christians,…as a matter of fact, I am searching all over to find an answer to my question, what is the purpose of the church?
Now, don’t be too hasty with your answers, because I’m tired of the lies! I don’t want to hear that the purpose of the church is to worship God, to study his words, and to pray – those are lies. Neither do I want to hear that the purpose of the church is to help one another, and to love one another because these two are BIGGER lies!!!
Now, you are, or maybe wondering why I’m attacking the church, or you may even be thinking that I’m an atheist. But don’t get it twisted; just read my story.
My Sister and The Church
May 2017 my sister was hospitalized because she was diagnosed with a rear type of cancer that was moving rapidly. and she was given a few weeks to live.
Now, take a trip down memory lane with me to June 2014. I will not stay long.
I visited the United States in June 2014 and stayed with her for a while. I noticed that whenever she collected her wages the first thing she did was to take out her church money…what they call it? dues or tithes? and put it in a little brown envelope with a happy and pleased countenance. Quietly, she would place it in the Bible while giving thanks to God, then waited eagerly for Sunday morning to deposit it at her church. Believe it or not, she did this every single week for the five months I was with her.
I asked her how long she has been paying tithes to the church, she replied,”long enough.” I said: “stop paying it!” and she looked at me quizzically but I didn’t utter another word.
I assumed that she continued this routine up to the time she was hospitalized. My assumption was right because I found the book that she recorded all the money she gave to the church…and don’t ask; I’m in shock!!!!! But that is for her church and God to discuss.
Let’s return to May 2017, I will get straight to the point now!
So, there she was in the hospital for 2 1/2 months. Church sisters visited like crazy, praying for her recovery (now, I’m laughing as I remember how hard they prayed…this is for another post though).
Anyhow, the hospital got tired of my sister because they said that there was nothing more that they could do for her, so she was discharged. But listen to this: My sister had nowhere to go because where she lived had many stairs and due to her back surgery she became helpless and was unable to walk. She had no other immediate family in the United States apart from me, who was just visiting, to assist her. So she was relying on the church to assist us. In fact, she was sure that they would be there for her, so she told me not to worry and I believed and trusted her.
Big mistake!! All the church sisters disappeared, except one! Pastor and his wife? They disappeared too!
I watched as tears rolled down my sister’s face and she looked at me with blood-shot eyes. Slowly shaking her head from left to right, she whispered gently to me, “Dehan, the church let me down.” I couldn’t cry in her presence, but her pain ripped through my body and I was torn apart!
My sister died in August 2017 and buried in October 2017.
I am still waiting on the church that she gave her hard earn cash to ask when is her funeral, or to buy her a wreath, or to send a bible verse, or a letter of condolence to her family, or simply, send some love. But the church is still silent!!!! So, I guess I will be waiting in vain.
Now, if you have just finished reading this, maybe you can explain to me the purpose of the church so that I can understand. Most of all, I need to know, what is the purpose of the tithe that churches are collecting, shouldn’t it be there to help a brother or a sister in need? I just don’t understand.
What about genuine love that 1st Corinthians 13, speaks about? Didn’t it says: “love never fails?”
Tell me, what is the purpose of the church?