Now, before you bite my head off, let me pre-qualify this. Before you say I'm being unloving, cold, mean and the such to good-hearted church people, hear me out....
There ARE good people in church. No doubt. Some are actually SAVED. But it is a VERY few who are....another post for another time.
When I say that the church is FULL of accessories, I'm NOT talking about hats, purses, belts, or jewelry.
I am referring to the legal term ACCESSORY.
Read below what an accessory is...(there are three different kind, btw)
According to http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/accessory, an accessory is:
Aiding or contributing in a secondary way or assisting in or contributing to as a subordinate.
In Criminal Law, contributing to or aiding in the commission of a crime. One who, without being present at the commission of an offense, becomes guilty of such offense, not as a chief actor, but as a participant, as by command, advice, instigation, or concealment; either before or after the fact or commission.
One who aids, abets, commands, or counsels another in the commission of a crime.
There are accessories, accessories before the fact, and accessories after the fact. (I worked at B.C. Law School for a BUNCH of lawyers...as well as for another lawyer in the N.O. area at S.U.N.O. in New Orleans....I learned a LOT!)
Accessories BEFORE the fact are those people who sets up a crime, orders it, or helps in the commission of it....not necessarily hands on, but there is a definite connection. An example of this would be a wife that orders the hit on her husband to be murdered. She would be an accessory to the crime in the murder of her husband because she ordered it, possibly paid for it. She set it up BEFORE the crime actually was committed.
Accessories AFTER the fact are the people who know about the crime, and help to CONCEAL the crime...or hide the criminal, help him/her to escape justice. Someone who drives a getaway car for a guy who robs a liquor store would be an accessory AFTER the crime has already been committed.
NOW....that I've gotten THAT out of the way....
How many people do YOU know (I know MANY) people who know of things going on in the church (A LOT of it CRIMINAL behavior!) and they won't say A THING about it?
They will conceal it, they will help hide pastor and first lady out, they will help conceal that pedophile, that rapist, that thief, that murderer (YES! I have read of cases where a preacher in Alabama killed his wife, put her in the deep freezer, the CHURCH KNEW something happened, and they would NOT go to authorities! See Preacher Says Seeing Stepdaughter in Chocolate Negligee Was Too Much...)
The community, the church KNEW something was wrong. They knew the daughters were being molested. And impregnated. The daughters KNEW their MOTHER was STUFFED inside of a deep freezer......FOR FOUR YEARS! And no one said a thing! I read in another article that even though everyone had suspicions, no one came forward .... because they were scared! They said because he was considered 'a prophet'
In the church culture, to reveal the crime/sins of another is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO taboo, so looked down upon, often called 'unloving,' that many who go to church (as well as a few who do not) still hold to the mindset that exposure of a crime and/or sin is wrong!
They often misquote the scripture 'Love covers a multitude of sins...'
But what these same people fail to realize is that LOVE ALSO JUDGES SINS. The LOVE OF GOD through His Holy Ghost, convicts sin.
And if the sin committed happens to be a crime, then it is only JUST and RIGHT for the guilty to face punishment.
They DESERVE to experience the love of God not just in concealing sin or 'covering it up.' As a matter of fact, the Word tells us that concealed sin can NOT be forgiven...or healed (Proverbs 28:13)
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
Mercy can only be administered when one CONFESSES and FORSAKES their sins!
When we go to the mercy seat and obtain favor from God - and grace (empowerment to NOT sin) - we won't get that mercy .... unless we first GO to the THRONE! (Heb. 4:16)
The church system has lied to so many...and in this culture of lies and deception, many have fallen prey to its predators.
And even MORE have SILENTLY sat back and said NOTHING of the crimes that goes on within her walls!!!!!
THIS IS NOT LOVE!!!!!!!! THIS IS DECEPTION!!!!!!!!!!
In my post, Judgment Against The Church....GUILTY!, I point out that the church is under judgment (doesn't the Word says judgment WILL begin IN THE HOUSE OF GOD? Never mind in Hollywood or in the government!).
When a judgment is handed down in a court of law, all who are affiliated with the crime are judged as well. Accomplices and accessories as well....oftentimes, once the evidence has been presented to the jury, that is when the accessories and accomplices get issued warrants. Because it is THEN found out that others partook of the crime.
What a LOT of people in church do NOT realize is that when they harbor a fugitive, a pedophile, a thief, an extortioner, that they are actually ACCESSORIES to a crime.
But even more disturbing are the church people who cover up for their pastors, their elders, their bishops, their leaders...and they REALLY believe that they are doing what God says.
They forget the Word of God that says to we are not to be a partaker of another's sins (1 Tim 5:22, Rev. 18:4, 2 Cor. 6:13-17)
They forget where the Word says that if you cover up sins, you are a partaker of said sin, and will suffer the same judgment as the guilty. (Rev 18:4)
Because that scripture is in Revelations, a lot of people believe this is for a far-off time, in the far away future.
This is NOT the case.
We are really in the end times...folks are marrying and given in marriage, feasting, partying, the love of many is waxing cold, children are disobedient to EVEN THE BEST of parents, false doctrine is taught MORE than the TRUTH....
We need to start taking the Word seriously.
Not twisting it. But studying it like never before. And TRULY understanding what it says.
Don't be a partaker of another person's sins. Don't cover up sin ..... NO MORE!
If the person wants mercy, the Word says there IS a PROCESS to obtaining mercy.
Yes, mercies are new every morning...but YOU MUST DO SOMETHING TO OBTAIN IT.
Read your Word....