Top 3 Things Churchgoers are Afraid to Admit

I’ll be honest. Sometimes church is hard.

Some five years ago, coming into any church building (I would visit quite a few) would be utterly horrifying; looking at all the sanctified people brought up a well of shame within me. Everyone had their life together but me. Just looking at their stern, knowledgeable faces produced guilt in me for not being stoic and holy enough to please God (as they clearly & evidently could.)
I thank Christ for He delivered me from myself, my sins, my thoughts, my guilt, and my shame.

Thereafter, I realized a few things… Churchpeople are not perfect; in fact many are merely afraid to talk about their imperfections, simply because… they feel what I felt!
They are scared of the same shame, contempt, & rejection I once feared!

Based on extensive personal and statistical research into the psychology of churchgoers, hearing personal testimonies, reading secret letters, and etc… (irregardless whether a majority of people may or may not struggle with these issues,) here are the top 3 things I have found churchgoers are too afraid to admit:

3. On the outside I smile and look like everything is perfect, but the truth is I’m depressed, or I cut myself; Ive tried to curb it with drugs & alcohol, and maybe, just maybe, Ive thought about suicide.

2. I’m addicted to/involved in sexual sin/porn; and It’s killing me with shame.

1. Everybody seems so sure but… sometimes I doubt… I don’t know if I really believe in God.

Please don’t misunderstand me, I dont advocate permission or celebration of sin. I simply mean we in the church need to be honest, and openly care for our brothers and sisters with these issues.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
James 5:16

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