This is very clear and obvious to me.
Many Christians are led by fear that if they don’t act a certain way….they are being bad Christians and will be punished by God.
They also believe in too many other unhealthy people who claim to be Christians, like Joyce Meyer, Brian Houston – who are so clearly not Christians modelling Jesus, at all. And I am thankful to have had this validated in Christian counselling, by mature Christians, who do have wisdom.
Anyone who believes in these very ungodly TV evangelists, shows little spiritual discernment to me, or maturity in their faith. Putting them on pedestals and following them, is a path that takes you in completely the wrong direction, led by Satan.
And I am reminded of the stages of faith…..with most being stuck at stage 3…….not understanding there is more maturity to be found.
And we can see here, in this diagram…..that shame is a big factor in staying stuck at the immature stage of faith.
These fear and shame driven Church people, believe they will have their rewards in heaven for living their lives, based upon fear and shame driven behaviours.
They are shamed by this view of how we need to live, and often this means tolerating abusive behaviour from others and will find something from this, to justify why they ‘should’ be continuing this way.
Christianity has far too much unhealthy and abusive behaviour occurring within it and sadly this is also what is then modelled to the rest of the world.
God never expect us to be weak….tolerating abuse…..being martyrs……being hurt…..etc. Often they don’t have the courage or capacity to deal with it, in a more healthy way. And will assume anyone else with more maturity, must be wrong.
A lot of Christians will hide behind their version of what it is to be a Christian to ‘rationalise’ their behaviours…….these behaviours actually being motivated by fear, shame and lack of courage.
Which is sad.