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How to Clear the Toxic Culture in Your Church By Ryan Rice

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One Sunday after church I stopped for gas. As I walked into the gas station to pay for my fuel, I decided to purchase a taquito. Now, I should have known better, but how can you pass up five taquitos for a $1.00? I made my purchase and went along my way. The next morning I woke up preparing to go to work, when suddenly sharp pains began to invade my stomach. The pain got so intense that if death would have come my way I would have welcomed it. It didn’t take me long to self diagnose that I had food poisoning.

There is not much treatment for food poisoning. Your body actually begins to do the work for you, expelling the toxins in your system until they are all removed. Needless to say, this is not a pleasant process, but it is necessary to the health of your body.

I often wonder if we accept the toxic environments of our churches because it is easier to accept what is toxic rather than the pain that often comes with becoming healthy. John Mark Clifton, author of Reclaiming Glory says, “A dying and dysfunctional church robs God of glory.” …

If God has called you to a toxic church, it could be the joy of what can be is greater than the pain you are facing. Here are three ways to start the process of clearing the toxic culture around you.

1. Preach the Word.

The Apostle Paul told his protege Timothy,

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching…

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