The missing congregation.

They have been walking away for years, a few at a time from every church. Nobody pays much attention but over the years their numbers have added up. Many of our ‘pious’ Christian leaders have simply dismissed these missing congregants as rebellious sinners who have gone astray and to be sure some of them are. But many are wounded Christians who have been abused and neglected. They have been ‘food’ for the predators and they have been betrayed by the ones who were supposed to be watching over them. I was reading through Ezekiel 34 recently, I couldn’t help but notice many similarities between the ‘Shepherds’ of Israel and the ‘Christian’  leaders of today. The shepherds had spoiled the flock and abandoned them to be prey for other predators as well. Our towns, cities and countryside are full of those who have walked away in pain and confusion at what has happened to them and every instinct inside of them says “don’t ever go back”. God condemns the shepherds of Israel because they have not gone after the lost lambs. Until the church becomes a place of safety and refuge for the abused and a place of justice and accountability for the offenders, the wounded sheep will continue to wander away from the fold and the missing congregation will refuse to return.

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About Dale Ingraham @ Speaking Truth In Love Ministries

We started Speaking truth in love Ministries to address the issue of sexual abuse within the faith community. My wife, Faith, is a survivor of many years of abuse by her father who was a pastor at the time. We go into churches, colleges and conferences to speak about this issue.
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One Response to The missing congregation.

  1. Reblogged this on Speakingtruthinlove's Blog and commented:

    Very good article.

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