Why would Satan say, “Mercy Church Sucks”?
Easy, because we are a church that is committed to taking risks to reach people who are far from God; even risks that often offend pious religious people!
There is no doubt that Satan (the evil one) would love for Mercy Church to be a super-safe, ultra-conservative, over-structured, committee-driven, self-serving church that gets side tracked by things that do not matter in the scope of God’s kingdom!
I have seen in my 20 years of church work more Satan-inspired, Satan-lead people sitting right in the church pews doing the “work of the devil” trying to cause divisions and strife in the church. That is the Devil’s work!
Romans 16:17 "I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.” - NIV
1 Timothy 6:3 “If you have leaders there who teach otherwise, who refuse the solid words of our Master Jesus and this godly instruction, tag them for what they are: ignorant windbags who infect the air with germs of envy, controversy, bad-mouthing, suspicious rumors.” – The message
Satan thinks that Mercy Church sucks for the same reason he felt that Jesus sucked… He was doing something life altering for God! And when you read the Gospel accounts you clearly see who Jesus had the biggest problems with and who had the biggest problems with Him – the religious people! The very ones who should have locked arms with Jesus and helped Him accomplish His mission! But no, they stirred up crap, or at least tried too!
But the Jesus said, “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” That is very comforting.
4 reasons Satan thinks Mercy Church Sucks
1.) We love everyone! You would think that all churches would adopt this message… but sadly it is only a part of their verbage not their culture or in action. They say, “everyone is welcome” but in small print it says, “must be a republican, gay-hater, non-smoker, non-drinker…” In one of the most famous verses in the bible we see who God loves, “For God so LOVED the WORLD…” The word world in Greek is kosmos, or all of humanity. So that means that God loves everyone, period! No matter who or what they are!
2.) We leave the judging to God! Jesus said to a bunch of religious haters one time when they brought a women to Him who had been caught in adultery… “You without sin go ahead and cast the first stone”. We don’t throw stones. Though I must admit we must be careful to not throw stones at the “religious” people either… I am guilty of that! I am working on being more loving toward the hateful religious types!
3.) We don’t know it all! Satan loves when religious people get prideful and think they know everything! The bible says that, “God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble”. I know I need lots of grace, so I try as much as possible to be gracious!
4.) We are authentic! Satan loves when “Christians” cover up their sin and act like they are perfect and stand above others. Or when they act like they exclusively have the TRUTH and everyone else is stupid and going to hell unless they believe just like them! Often referred to as being narrow-minded!
I was raised in church… I am 38 years old and don’t know much, but I do know that God wants us to love HIM with all our hearts, minds and with all our strength… AND love our neighbors as our selves! And Satan hates that! He would rather us HATE, GOSSIP, SLANDER and do whatever we can to drive people away from the church!
Mark 12:30-32 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
But we here at Mercy Church are doing whatever we can to COMPEL people to come in – BECAUSE THERE IS ROOM! Jesus tells a story (parable) of a man having a great feast… and the time of the feast was nearing and the guests were making excuses why they couldn’t come… so the servant tells his master that and lets him know there is many open chairs at the table…
Luke 14:22-24 “And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, that none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.” - KJV
I have heard religious people accuse us of “trying too hard to reach the lost”… we are only doing what God has asked us to do… Jesus said, “GO…” and so with that we’re GOING into the highways and hedges and compelling people to come in!
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog… may God continue to draw you closer to Him as you draw closer to Him!
James 4:8 “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”