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December 19, 2008

Confessions of the clueless pastor part 1


I can’t put the book down. What a book to end the year. I am currently devouring on Craig Groschel’s book, “Confessions of a Pastor”. To say it is challenging me is an understatement. It is not just challenging me but exposing my heart as well. I have been repenting since reading this book.

Now I won’t try to review his book in this series of blogs that I am going to write but would in my own way confess some of the things that are as similar to what Craig has gone through

So let me start confessing as well:

Confession #1: I don’t like religious people.

I had a couple of experiences this past year that I pray I won’t encounter anymore next year. Click here to read about it.

I just don’t get religious people. People who go to church just to fulfill requirements. People who don’t think the lost matters. People who have made the church a country club. People who don’t like young preachers, people who thinks that hymns is the only legit way to worship Jesus.

Religious people reminds me of this one person. ME.

When I was new in the faith I love Jesus and I wanted everyone to be saved. But as I start getting older (note: not mature), I started disliking people who don’t have the same beliefs and practices that I had.

I did not like punks, long haired people, rockers, my classmates who thinks about girls all the time, the sexually immoral, people who cursed and sinners. I made sure I kept my distance from this people. I would debate them to hell but I sure wouldn’t want them to go to heaven.

I have used my Bible training and hermeneutics to drive people to hate Jesus and I thought I was doing God a favor.

till I realized I too am a sinner………….. a religious sinner. A self righteous sinner. A sinner just like everybody who was saved by the grace of God.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — Ephesians 2:8 not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:9

The church that we now have not just caters to lost people but to religious sinners just like me.

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