When Jesus entered the temple, he threw out those who were selling things there. He said to them, “It’s written, My house will be a house of prayer, but you have made it a hideout for crooks.” Jesus was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests, the legal experts, and the foremost leaders among the people were seeking to kill him. However, they couldn’t find a way to do it because all the people were enthralled with what they heard. (Luke 19:45-48, CEB)
So which is the church? A house of prayer or a hideout for crooks?
I recently read something about how it is easier for the institution of the denomination to remove leaders from the list of active pastors than to actually have proceedings to see if they need to be removed. It is easier to do this and less of a financial burden on the institution. Because it is more about the money than it is about people actually being cared for or getting a deeper connection with God. You see the institution of religion is sinful. We all are sinful.
We need to keep our institutions running and viable, but most of the time when we do that goes against what God has called us to do.
So which are we, houses of prayer or hideouts for crooks?
Loving People. Loving God.