Thursday, April 2, 2009

House of Prayer

Pastor Jim Cymbala.

Can't really add anything to that.


Anonymous said... I worked for that Church for about 7 years. Cymbala's robbing those people blind. I asked him why couldnt he be financially transparent with the congregation. He became upset and told me that maybe I should find another Churh that has those practices in place... I was fired four months later. I had a personal friend who recieved 10,000 dollars from him for a down payment on his condo because he didnt want my friend to relocate back to his home state. His son in laws homes were purchased by him with Church funds, his Daughter recieved a paycheck for years to stay home,Employees from the Church would do major renovations on his house during work hours and I could go on and on...

Lawyer said...

Thanks for stopping by. I'm sorry that you have had a negative experience with this church. I certainly hope you have been able to move past that and not allowed yourself to get bitter. Unfortunately, I have neither the experience nor information to address what you write. Moreover, I’m not in a position to be able to verify it, either.

I do know this—I have seen God use imperfect people in imperfect situations to accomplish His purpose. In fact, the Bible is filled with many of those imperfect people--including those who would have been considered immoral or unholy by the religious leaders of the day.

I posted this message because it ministered to me, and really did not intend to make it a forum to discuss the leader. I am confident that God can use people who do not have it all together. He can even use those who have not reached the high pinnacle of being able to please everybody.

I have not had one leader that has been perfect for me. All have had some issue or other that I would have handled differently—in my opinion, better. And yet, I lead people as well. I guarantee you that there are many, many issues with me that those I lead would choose to change or handle better. I am constantly striving to be a better husband, father, leader, and friend. I don’t always get it right, and at times, I offend. I assure you, no matter what you have thought about Pastor Cymbala, I have probably been called worse to my face.

I rest in the fact that God seeks the willing, not the perfect. God has built His Kingdom using the hands and feet of imperfect, and sometimes irritating and disappointing people. I have no problem with that.

After all, I’m one of those, too.