Matthew 1:19 (NLT)
Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.
Sometimes as believers we think we have to lay it all out on the table. That is not the case. There are times when you just have to quietly withdraw.
In our ministry, when I was traveling one week we asked one of our dedicated church leaders to preach the Word that Sunday when would not be in country. It bothered a particular person that we had appointed them to share. This other person decided that they didn’t want to be a part of our church due to a person preaching that they didn’t like. Unbelievable, as we hear so much about people looking so long and hard for a church home in our nation before they find our ministry.
The departure didn’t stop with the person just stopping attendance. The individual tried to pull others out of the church. To the point of talking to multiple people and trying to influence other church family members.
Note Joseph trying to quietly back out of the marriage that he thought his fiancée had failed in. Rather than draw a lot of attention to her and the issue, he decided to quietly leave. The Word says this is good.
If your church becomes cultish, that is an issue. However, if it’s preaching the Gospel and people are coming to Jesus you’d better not be caught talking, or working, against it. The church is very special to the Lord Jesus. Remember Matthew 16:18 ? If you work against it, you are working against Him. Don’t line yourself up with the enemy, AKA the accuser or destroyer.
Whatever you say or do, always carefully consider what God has planned and what He would do. Be a righteous person like Joseph then you can enjoy the abundance God has for those who believe.