in-his-steps-immature_christians_bottle_smallImmature Christians-Part Two, Getting Off the Bottle
Immature Christians always want attention. They whine. They want to be pampered. They get easily offended. They do not want to hear the truth in love. They throw temper tantrums. If things do not go their way they grumble and complain. They are inpatient.

Immature Christians stop going to church because they got offended by somebody and hold a grudge. Or they go from one church to another because they don’t like the pastor, unhappy with the way people worship or pray, conflicts over tithing, people not friendly enough, the list goes on and on. Some of their concerns are legitimate, but an immature Christian never finds a church good enough.

If there is solid preaching of the Word of God, instead of being obedient to the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, they try to find things wrong with the preacher. Instead of understanding the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, they accuse the preacher of talking about their situation, even if the preacher does not even know their situation.

In order to stop the grumbling, many pastors and church members will continually try to keep immature Christians happy by trying to please them. Instead of doing this, the pastor needs to get them off the bottle. They need to confront the gossiping, complaining, backbiting, and overall negative spirit. These immature Christians need the solid food of exhortation, rebuke, and correction found in the Word of God. Of course, many of them will leave rather than repent. That is a choice they make.

We are not saying that there isn’t time for voicing concerns, being unhappy with unhealthy situations, discouraged at times while going through trials. However, if it seems like everyone else has a problem; it is time to look at you. Either you are seeing everything in a negative perspective or for some reason you chose to always be in unhealthy situations. Either way, it is time to get emotional and spiritual healing and get off the bottle. Leave the bottle at the cross.

In our next nugget we are going to talk about immature Christians who are still in diapers.

If you have been a Christian for years, maybe it is time to ask yourself if you are truly born again. Isn’t it time to walk In His Steps? f you are not a Christian, how about learning about the Plan of Salvation. God has a plan for you to not only have eternal life, but to have an abundant life.

Immature Christians-Introduction
Immature Christians-Get off the Bottle
Immature Christians-Get Off the Diapers
Immature Christians-Get the Training Wheels Off
Be an Adult-Mature Christians Win Souls

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Richard is the founder of In His Steps-Creating Futures Richard has been involved in ministry for over 43 years. Some of the areas of ministry he has been involved in is addiction and sober housing ministry, community development, evangelism, jail & prison ministry, pastoral counseling, police chaplaincy, Radio & TV ministry, street ministry, youth ministry. Richard also was an outreach pastor and senior pastor.