Why has the Church become a place that is closed off to the world? Why do we lack passion? Why are we not bold in our faith?
While out with my mom, I was reminded of the lukewarm church. Jesus said in Revelation 3:15-16, “I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You’re not cold, you’re not hot—far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit” (The Message).
The Church has become stale. We do just enough for those around us. We don’t care what happens to the lost; we are satisfied we are going to Heaven. We want to pad our pockets so that we can live a comfortable life.
We have gotten so far off track from the Church that Jesus had in mind. He said He’s coming back for a Church without spot or blemish. He said that His sons and daughters would be mature sons who equipped others to carry the vision.
As His sons and daughters, instead of valuing correction and rebuke, we seek out those who will tell us that everything is okay. I am going to say it again and again, “The Body of Christ is NOT okay!”
The Church today is full of people claiming to be working for God when in reality, they are just interested in making a name for themselves. The true Church laborers do it for no pay, no one knows their name, and they don’t preach what is popular.
Preaching isn’t a sacred profession anymore. Sacred means revered. It also means pure. God’s Word is pure. We are supposed to be pure. The church today isn’t pure. Christians have defiled God’s house. The Church today isn’t a refuge for sinners. The brokenhearted can’t come to be healed. We aren’t bold in our faith because we don’t know what we believe. We get a few Holy Ghost goose bumps and a few knee jerks and call that revival.
That’s not revival! That’s not the Church that God wants! He wants people who have a fire shut up in their bones, a word from deep in their spirits that can set people free from sickness, fear, or any other problem.
If you have become stale, repent! Turn away from the foolish things and seek God.
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