I can understand a little bit of how they feel. I was one of those Big God believers, who was the creator, but he had no time for little old me. I did not believe in the New Testament at all and I knew the devil was seriously bad company. Views and beliefs change as things become clear and you simply allow the Lord to be part of your life. As I've said before, the Lord has really saved my life numerous times and I guess it was because He wasn't done with his plan for me on this world, no matter how much the enemy wanted me destroyed. Not just me but hundreds of millions of us. We are all on Satan's kill list.
But believe me, I understand how hard it can become and thoughts of hurting yourself, or another or even fleeing from the Lord step into your thoughts and it comes like a refreshing breeze. But its a false front, created for us by the enemy and we have to use our training and experience to recognize it, no matter how weary we are. I try to remember the martyrs, the books I have read of their stories and the stands 9 year old thru adults for their faith, it makes me feel like a slacker. So, I pray for strength and move on. But in some churches, the pastors have lost their way and their deacon board is not doing their job to prayerfully lift him up to support him, so the flock recognizes it and they drift. Far too many just stop attending fellowship and make a thousand excuses over the years. Our own church was clobbered hard with the sins of a few and it was not well handled. I didn't help any when I lost my temper over a later incident and left for 10 months, but the Lord guided me back. But we lost several families and many singles. A marriage or two was destroyed and none of this should have happened, I believe it was a direct broadside by enemy guns and we just forgot how to pray together as a church and mean it. But now in smaller numbered flock is back and we have a great new pastor with battlefield experience from the African mission field. He knows how important prayer is. Our numbers will grow when the Lord feel we are ready again to accept new people. In the meantime, different homes here take on singles and families, even teens and teach a Christian life out of their homes. Oh we stumble some times and fall flat on our face, but the Good Lord, is right there to pick us up and you know what...Jesus has great strength to pick up the whole world if He so desired. He just wants to see what we'll do for His father's sake.
I have to cut this short, I'm taking some books out to sell at a book store and arrange a signing date. Strange how people want my signature. Always before it was bill collectors.
God Bless, BILL