Church has been called a "spiritual hospital" for the spiritually sick, but why is it the only hospital that seems to keep you in treatment and never lets you leave? What other hospital do you know of that doesn't try to help people get well and release them? Patients who live in hospitals are either beyond treatment with mental illness and are only controlled with medication, or they are terminally ill and about to die. Is your pastor and church driving you crazy and killing your spirit, or are they helping you get well and training you to move on and help someone else as a spiritual doctor or nurse? If you're destiny is dictated by how far your pastor lets you go then you're not going anywhere, and will die in the hospital. That makes it a mortuary.
JEREMIAH 8:22; "Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?"
Doctors make big money off of patients by medicating their sickness without healing them. Pulpit Pimps make big money by keeping members dependent on them rather than independent of them. Doctors often fall victim to the "god complex", and so do pastors. A true pastor isn't insecure or envious of someone else's ability, isn't in competition for preeminence and recognition, isn't in need of total control over people or the church, but willingly supports and sends others out to do their ministry, and truly seeks to help others exceed them and reach their full purpose in Christ. If the pastor isn't using you after all this time, and you've been faithful and obedient unto the LORD then know they would rather prove their power over you than empower you. ~ I.J. West
MATTHEW 23:13; "But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in."