Just because a person is in church, it does not mean the church is in them. Far too many times people say, “Church folk are the worst,” when the fact of the matter is, church folk are just doing what they are supposed to do.
Why? Well, because there is a difference between church folk and Christians. Why again? Well because dressing up and going to church does not make me a Christian no more than standing in a kitchen makes me a cook or sitting behind the wheel makes you a driver. Being these things are indicative of your actions because people have gotten good at pretending. This is why the bible says you have to test the spirit by the spirit. Knowing this, I wonder how you managed to miss that someone was just a ‘church folk’ and not a Christian unless your spirit isn’t as great as you portray. Maybe it’s because you were looking through eyes of the flesh instead of the spirit or maybe it is because you never tested or looked at all and simply assumed. Either way, it will be alright but do better next time. Oh, and when someone shows you who they truly are, believe them. That way when they show back up saying they’ve changed, you will be ready to test them this time and not just be bamboozled like before.
See, church folk are those who will stand at the altar whispering prayers in your ear but secretly praying for your demise but a Christian is the one who don’t mind warring for your spirit even if it means they’ll be attacked too. Church folk are the ones who can preach you under a pew and keep their mouth on you, all within the same day but a Christian is the one who will preach until you fall out and then preach until you get up. Church folk are those who will smile in your face and sleep with your husband/wife when they know you’re having problems but a Christian will seek to help restore what is broken. Church folk are those who can’t wait to pray with you after they’ve preyed over you all night but a Christian will answer early in the morning to pray before your surgery. Church folk are those who will celebrate you while waiting to stab a knife in your back but a Christian will be the one genuinely happy for your elevation. This is why you have to know the difference. Chile, you would be surprised at the number of times your name comes up in a conversation with SOME church folk, how many times church folk will roll their eyes when they see you coming or even how many of your statuses have been screen shot and shared in group messages by church folk. Beloved, know the difference in order to be effective in dealing with church folk versus a Christian.
“So you must remain faithful to what you have been taught from the beginning. If you do, you will remain in fellowship with the Son and with the Father.” 1 John 2:24