Crisis In the Church     General Unrepentence (Part 1)

So whose fault is this crisis?  I am a Christian. I backslid for many years but have returned to the Lord full-force.  Is it my fault?  Yes…. it is my fault.

The church is in crisis.  Actually it has been for many, many years but too many people have been too busy doing religious things to notice.  There are auctions to plan for, meetings to attend, tables to be set up for selling crafts, work parties to gather, rites and ceremonies for the congregation, songs to sing, offerings to count, pamphlets to print and fold, on…and on….and on…

I am not saying that these activities are bad in themselves, but how much time do we spend praising God, reading His Word, and praying on bended knee.  How often do we, as a church members really encourage one other?  How about sharing with others in your church that are needy?  How often do you do this? Do you witness to others?  As a Christian who believes and has repented, you have been given a spiritual gift. Do you use this gift for the others who are also in Christ?

Most often, we do none of these things….It is true isn’t it?  It is for me.  This truth is hard to swallow. When I think of how little I have done for the Lord, I am shamed and convicted. Do you pray for this conviction of sin? A couple of years ago my walk with the Lord turned much stronger and powerful and yet it left me weak and dependent on Him. What helped me turn this corner in my life was that I asked the Lord to show me my sin, expose my wicked heart and motives.

Search me, O God, and know my heart, try me, and know my thoughts; and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting . (Psalm 139:23,24)    

When He searches me, and convicts me of my sin, I realize how much I need and love the Lord and how much I need his forgiveness and correction.  He is our Father and admonishes us for our own good. How else can we serve Him until we give up trying to control our own lives and totally give our life over. In contrast, many in the church seek stature, riches, power, and the appearance of godliness by their good deeds. We want to hear how we will be blessed by our tithing and how good a people we are. We want to hear about how our money helps those in other countries. We want feel-good sermons and humorous stories that make us smile. We want experiences, and wonders and signs. No one wants to hear about sin anymore. Hearing about sin makes us feel bad and we might have to actually change our behavior. What ever happened to faith?  Faith…No, we have to see with our eyes to believe…..

So…This is the condition of the church today. It is unrepentant, seeking experiences and following false gods. Jesus told us over and over again, that there would be many false prophets in the last days and to “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” (Mat:24: 4,5)

The spirit of the antichrist is prevailing and the scary part is that it is now prevailing in the church.  The last days are here and many in the church do not know it.  This is a crisis indeed.


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The New Age  (Part 2)