Revival! Doesn't it seem strange that as a Nation we have more mega-churches than ever in America's history, and yet, in my observation, the Church at large has less influence than anytime in my lifetime. In fact, the media portrays the Church as a joke, less than 8% of people 30 and under even go to church — of any kind, and the government looks at Church as a nuisance (we're in the way of their controlling socialistic agendas). Furthermore, clergy are portrayed as weak effeminate men who have no true identity let alone a grip on what life is all about.
Why? Why is the church powerless to change our culture? Could it be that:
1) Most churches are prayer-less. (It is prayer that moves the arm of God.) James 5:16
2) When we do pray we are not heard because we have compromised "holiness?" ("Without holiness no man shall see the LORD.") Hebrews 12:14
3) There is sin in our individual lives and our faith-community at large? 2 Chronicles 7:14 & 1 John 1:9
(Personally, I know that over the past few months God has been dealing with me about things — some of which are good, but not best — to put away anything that stands in the way of becoming more like Him and accomplishing what it is He's called me to do. (He doesn't do it all at once. LOL! And that's a good thing.)
These things could be harmless: hobbies, sports, shopping, TV, a relationship, too busy in or out of Church, work … even family. What stands in the way of YOU and GOD? I have found that putting away good things but not beneficial things (in God's book) can often be quite painful.
1 Cor 10:23
4) To satisfy a culture that continually speaks of tolerance (as long as you agree with it) and says God's Word (the Bible) and its "rules for life" are antiquated. Why don't churches with 10K plus memberships and national exposure speak out on issues such as: abortion, homosexuality, same sex marriage, racial equality — on all fronts, unfair taxation, and the mistreatment of the poor?
1 Corinthians 6; 1 Tim 1; Matt 11:5; Nu 25:10
Are we afraid of offending someone? How about offending God? By saying nothing about these grievous sins do we not then by omission commit sin ourselves. As the late Chuck Colson said, "Who then speaks for God?" Believe me, most in history that spoke for God were not all that popular and many lost their lives for doing so.
Are we at that time in history when the true church will be forced underground? Even give up their lives for what they believe? As you know, I am "pre-wrath" and not "pre-trib" in my view of last days events. What happens when the church is truly persecuted — even unto death — will people be able to give their lives up for Christ. Why will the Western World not have to face what the "believer" — Old and New Testaments — had to face throughout history? Even the God Man was not exempt.
Indeed, we need a REVIVAL. Well, enough of my ranting. Although, they are true and good rantings. :-)
Blessings. Keep looking up!
Loyalty is a man's best friend. Josh 1:5Hello Pastor