My friends, if it looks like anyone is failing in their duty to God, those among you who are spiritual should try to correct them in gentleness. Anyone who tries to correct others without cause might fall into the same trap. Help each other out, because this is another way to be a part of Jesus’ mission. If you think you have something to say that is more important than someone else’s words, you are probably wrong. Everyone must judge their own deeds; that way, their own deeds, not the missteps of others, will be a just source of pride. So get your own stuff right before you target others.
If someone is teaching you good stuff, make sure to share what good comes of it.
Don’t fool yourselves; God won’t sit back while you mock him, you’ll get what is coming to you. If you invest in yourselves, corruption will pay you interest; but if you invest in the Spirit, the Spirit will take care of your retirement. So don’t get sick of putting others first, because we will be glad that we were selfless when all is said and done, if we don’t give up. So whenever you can, let’s all work for the good of all, and especially for those of the entire church.
See how much time I devoted to this? I typed it myself. Just to get the point across that your big church does not mean you are doing things right. There are those among you that are exceptions. Those whose building was donated, not built with a campaign. There are those who spend more than half of their budget on missions and the poor. But it is hard to find them. There are also those who may talk a good game, say all the right things, and look stellar to those who look in, but as only God knows, there is wrongness there. I don’t want to judge, but where there is smoke, there is fire. Small churches die because of financial reasons and their flock joins your church. That does not mean the Spirit is moving. That means the economic policies you support are killing smaller churches and benefiting you. I won’t boast about how good my church is. I hope I never boast about anything but the amazing acts and teachings of my President Jesus. It is because of him that the things of this world are secondary to me. For neither big church or small church means anything; but being a new person means everything! If you are among those who actually listen to this—peace to you, and mercy, and I pray that God is with you.
So from now on, back the hell off of me. Because I have suffered as much as I care to for the sake of Christ and his good news, yet even now, I surrender myself to as much more as it takes in order for me to be faithful to the call I have received, both pastor and prophet (in the loosest sense).
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.