Famine In The Land
God has opened your eyes to the deception in the New Apostolic Reformation and other aberrant teachings such as the word of faith and prosperity gospel. You have made the necessary, yet painful decision to leave your church. You are flooded with emotions and fears. Perhaps you are even regretting your decision as you may find yourself isolated. Questions arise such as why did God allow this to happen, who can I trust now, what is the alternative?
Reasons why the NAR & CO have such a powerful grip on their followers can be found here . It can be daunting to leave a church once you have discovered the deception within it. Disillusioned with church and even God can weigh you down. Your journey into the somewhat unknown comes with it’s own set of challenges. Here are some simple and practical steps that may be helpful:
1 Deal with the hurts and emotions that inevitably accompany this process
Leaving a church is a painful experience, even for those who leave on amicable terms. Leaving the NAR is usually a messy affair due to the controlling nature of this movement, and few come out unscathed. Very often just prior to your departure, things may have been heated. There may have been a certain amount of miscommunication, which added to the confusion and frustration you feel. False accusations may have been made and bonds as close as a tightly knit family have been shattered. Few things are as painful as broken relationships and these words from the book of Psalms may resonate with you:
“For it is not an enemy who reproaches me; Then I could bear it. Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me; Then I could hide from him. But it was you, a man my equal, My companion and my acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together,
And walked to the house of God in the throng.” Psalm 55:12-14
It’s imperative that you confront your emotions without delay. The longer you harbor any resentment, and replay events in your mind, the harder it is going to be for you to move forward. At this particular junction, it may feel as though you have nothing to lean upon. You may feel stripped, empty, and a little lost. Feelings of rejection and self pity are paralyzing, and it is crucial to bring your pain to the cross of Christ. This is where you will find peace. Inherent in this movement is the dependence on people and experiences instead of God. This will be an opportunity to discover that God is able to heal the brokenhearted and bring restoration. It goes without saying that you need to forgive those who have hurt you, and begin the next chapter of your life. In time, you will see that you have learnt many invaluable lessons through the whole situation.
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