What is the Church? Literally it is the 'called out body' or 'the assembly' of believers of Jesus Christ trusting in Him alone as their Lord and Savior.
Well, that includes a whole lot of people, doesn't it?
I am not sure. How many are pretenders?
No one can see someone's heart and no can know for a fact a decision in the soul is made by a person. We can:
- hear their personal testimony of being a believer, but more powerful
- we can witness their daily walk.
Truly, it breaks my heart that messy believers, often the most needy of fellowship and experiencing acceptance, following a troubled life of repetitive abuse, trauma and personal injury by those they should be able to trust... are not wanted. Believe it or not, it is not uncommon for staff/leaders to suggest to such believing members to leave and find another church ... one that will be a better fit.
A Critical Heart is an article written previously on a related topic.