Copied from Joy magazine June 2016 “Ask Val” Pg. 56
There are some big churches doing the strangest things and behaving like worldly clubs? Is it right to feel uneasy, or should I just accept that God leads different churches in different ways?
ANSWER by Val Waldeck (Joy magazine June 2016).
Many things have happened in the history of the Church throughout its generations that have confused people. Some have been good and some have been bad, and people have always had difficulty assessing them at the time.
That is why Jesus told the parable of the tares (weeds). The servant in the parable was told not to attempt to separate the wheat from the weeds “lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them”- Matthew 13:24-30.
We have a limited understanding at best and it must be left to the Lord to be the Judge. The only time we can be sure is if a movement or its proponents fail the “fruit test”- read Matthew 7:15-23 carefully in this connection. Do their lives glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and give Him pre-eminence (first place) in “all things”? (Colossians 1:18)
Gamaliel, a member of the Jewish Council, in Peter’s day, said: “Keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God.” – Acts 5;38,39.