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MONDAY, SEP 3, 2012| 5 comments
Are Church Cliques Harmful to Your Spiritual Health?

I just couldn’t fit in. I loved the worship. The messages were Christ-centered. The congregation was growing. But try as I might—I served on a team, I joined the Bible school, I went to the prayer meetings—I just couldn’t fit in.

And I wasn’t the only one. It was a common malady among new members. We were welcomed with open arms but then kept at arm’s length. The group that had helped launch the church was a near-impenetrable bunch of passionate believers. But they were very selective about who they let into their inner-circle.

This church clique even had its own buzzwords. Everything was intense. They were always stoked. Many things were profound. And they did everything in the grace of God. There’s nothing wrong with that language, but if you came from another camp in the body of Christ into that one, your speech gave you away—and shut you out of the clique. ...


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Mike | Florida  Find all comments by Mike
That's why I love my family integrated Church. We don't have 50 flavors to choose from. The kids are with the parents, or sitting with some of the older widows. The young are gaining wisdom from the parents, and pastor. Not a 20 year old kid in college in skin tight paints.. The newcomers are loved and welcomed.
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Russ | Texas  Find all comments by Russ
You know Angela that sounds great, but that will not be the case until we see Him face to face. In the mean time, every congregation has both mature Christians and babes and everywhere in between. I think this is part of God's ingenious plan to help us learn to love people that aren't perfect, who we don't even really like at times. And they have to learn how to love us. Even the disciple, who physically had Jesus at the center of everything, where seen bickering and boasting among themselves. Unlike the person in the article, we don't go to the body exclusively for what we get, but rather how we can lift others up in the process.
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Angela Wittman | Southern Illinois, America  Find all comments by Angela Wittman
If Christ is the center and focus of a church, there shouldn't be any problems with cliques... However, many don't have Him as the center and problems like this are the result. May God help us to seek Him first.
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CAS | S.Cal  Find all comments by CAS
The Puritans were disparagingly labeled as enthusiasts by the state church but I don't think in their case that they were the problema.
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chacon  Find all comments by chacon
"But try as I might—I served on a team, I joined the Bible school, I went to the prayer meetings—I just couldn’t fit in."

Perhaps YOU are the 'problem'?
If YOU don't fit in then it might mean you are better than them - not less!

Since this is "charismatic" news media the church referred to may require you to become an "enthusiast" before getting in to the clique?

Dictionary.
"enthusiast"
1. a person who is filled with enthusiasm for some principle, pursuit, etc.; a person of ardent zeal:
2. a religious visionary or fanatic.

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