The church is a congregation of sinners

Nika Kravchuk
23.03.2017

Is the church a congregation of sinners?

What is a church? A beautiful architectural structure with domes? Something more? Unification of Christians? "Priests" on Mercedes or grandmother on the benches in the temple? Read further reflections on the Church as a congregation not of saints, but of sinners — people mired in vices, but willing to change.

Domes of Kiev-Pechersk Lavr

People who go to the temple also sin ...

We all sin. Fresh gossip about a colleague. Extra piece of cake on a holiday. Offended by an inattentive spouse. Cheating just like that or "for the sake of good." And these minor offenses are usually not noticed by anyone until they find out: a Christian sins.
But how is it that he goes to church?

Priest and car

How can he ride such a car, he's a priest! How can he wear an expensive watch, he's a monk! How can she dye her hair, because her brother is a priest! How can she break the fast, if she sings at the kliros ... And this universal unforgivable hysteria called “how he / she can ...” quickly engages the society.

No one delves into the essence of the problem, does not try to understand what is really going on, does not work, after all, at correcting himself.What for? After all, I don’t go to church — I can sin, but he cannot.

Woman in the temple

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What can be said to a person with such a position? How to cure someone who is allergic to the priests with Mercedes? How not to be offended by the grandmother who pushed in the temple? How to understand a spouse who goes to church now, then to hard drinking? .. How?

Just realize what the church is.

And the Church on earth is a congregation of sinners. The wicked, who consider themselves even worse than those who come to the temple only to consecrate Easter cakes or to christen the child, "so as not to be sick." And even worse than those who do not cross the threshold of the church.

... but repent

But there is one difference between people in the temple and in the world. The first know for sure that they are sinners. What transgress the commandments. That they cannot live without God. And they repent of their actions. Are falling. They pray. Rise up. They know that according to human estimates there is no mercy for them, but God's mercy has no boundaries.

Teen confession

They are sick. Sick of sin. But why did the incarnate Son of God come to earth? To save sinners, spiritually ill cured.

Savior came to save sinners

Christ says:

... not healthy people need a doctor, but patients ().

And throughout life on earth, Christ constantly surrounds himself with sinners.

He casts seven demons from Mary Magdalene. Protects a woman who cheated on her husband from stoning. Talking to a Samaritan woman who had five men, but not one of them became her husband. He justifies the humble publican and goes to lunch at the house of Zacchaeus. He heals lepers, blind, relaxed. Eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners. And, already being on the Cross, is nonsense! - forgives the robber who stole or killed yesterday.

Christ with a lost sheep

The time will come, and these people will change. Someone will immediately renounce the former life, and for someone it will take more than one month or a year. Even the apostles, who have spent more than three years with Christ, will scatter in different directions when the Teachers lead to Calvary.

That is what the Church is - not the assembly of the sinless. God alone is sinless. The church is a collection of repentant sinners.

And we, people in the church, while only earthly, are not saints, although we really want to become them. We are nostalgic for a lost paradise, fragments of which are hidden in our soul. Sinally fall, but in prayer we rise. It is hard for us not to sin, but the Lord strengthens us through the mystery of the Eucharist.We understand that with the baggage of sins nothing good shines. But we sincerely hope for the mercy and love of the Lord. And they are endless.


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