If anyone would like to watch the video links posted above, they are awesome!
I've been thinking, praying, and searching lately. I went to speak on a reformation. A call to action.
I've been getting sick of a lot of things going on lately. I am not saying in anyway that God does not love. God loves and that is why He sent His son to die for us. I am afraid though, for the professing "christians", the American Church, and lost souls.
PROFESSING "CHRISTIANS": Their is so many misdirected souls, lost souls, "christians" who claim the faith, but have no clue about it. A lot of professing christians look great at Church on Sunday, but that's it. They go one sunday a month, sing, pray, tithe, but the other 6 days a week they don't care to touch their Bible, they don't care for what Christ says, they don't care to read His word and be lead by Him. They choose to live in satan, lying, cheating, stealing, lusting, watching pornography, doings drugs, coveting, making God of the Bible to be a god of their own image, a god who doesn't care what they do. How can we sit back and watch them do this?
THE AMERICAN CHURCH: I see the self proclaimed American church, bowing her knees to the world. Instead of the church impacting the world, the world is instead impacting the church. I see the churches making jokes about shows like south park, I see them being friends of the world when we are clearly told, friendship with the world is ENMITY WITH GOD (James 4:4)! I see the church relating Christianity to nothing. Giving 3 point sermons on nothing but love and mercy and grace. The Bible says the Law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul... not His love, His grace, His mercy. I see no anguish for lost sinners, no anguish for people being sent to Hell every single day. I see the church playing games, laughing, having fun times and Christmas parties. I DO NOT believe many churches at all are holding prayer meetings, praying for a revival and reformation of Holiness and Godliness to sweep across America and this world. I see hardly any witnessing, no evangelizing, no raising our voices and warning of Hell, warning of judgement to come, speaking of Christ's death to keep us from Hell and sin. I hear NOTHING of repentance, nothing of sorrow for sin. I hear sin being a joke, laughing and excusing it because "were all human and we all sin".I see pastors preaching love, grace, mercy. I see the "salvation prayer" too many times. A simple prayer will not save us. We need a heart changed by Christ, and from that changed heart should flow repentance and love for Him and His gift unto you. Call out false religions, earnestly contend for the faith (Jude 1:3) and fight for Him and His truth, so that none drift into Hell underneath your eyes. Go and sin no more (John 8:11), live for Holiness, repent and give Christ all because He has gave you all. Why is this not preached in the American Church anymore?
LOST SOULS: Too many people are going to Hell. How do we change this? Do we witness differently, do we be kinder, do we show more love, do we tone down the message of the Gospel? I believe in order to save more lost souls, we need to be productive. We need more intercession with God, we need more people to witness and preach the message, we need to go back to how the Church use to be. We need more prayer, deeper prayer, prayer in anguish and sorrow. We need to pray out of humility, we need to seek Christ, and pray that he would restore His Church to its Scriptural foundations. We need to pray for His help, His spirit, His Word. We need to seek Him with all we have, through our lives at Christ, and that is the only way we will ever find them. We need to preach the full council of God, enough with the post-modernism gospel and that half council, we must preach as Christ preached. We must seek Christ to work through us, to anoint our words, anoint His Word and speak to us through It. We need to give the reality of sin, the reality of judgement, the reality of love and hope, and the reality of faith. Not only one will do, but all together will do great work if He is the center of it. Lastly, we need to get back to our churches foundation. We need houses of God, not houses of entertainment, houses of worldliness, and houses of hangouts. We need Christ to Reign in His Church, and everything in His Church. We need to preach the Word, be ready in season and out of season, reprove, rebuke, to teach with all longsuffering and doctrine (2 Tim. 4:2). Why do we sit by, enjoy our "christian life", and do NOTHING about these lost souls going to eternal Hell and torture forever?
ACTION: I believe we as a Church, as the Bride of Christ needs to stand up. We need to preach Biblical truth, we need to tell people about the Good News but also the Bad News, We need to preach as far as we can, whether it is outside your door, the corner of the street, downtown Minneapolis by the clubs and bars, the campuses of the Universities and colleges, other states, or other continents. We need to bring His Church back to it's roots, back to Scripture, back to preaching His word and His truth, not out of hate but out of LOVE, because Christ is not willing that any should perish, but all come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). We as a Church need to stand up, seek Christ, be a part of the Great Commission, and be a Christian who does something for His God, not with just lip service, but with his actions and words. You will know them by their fruits (Matthew 7:16).
"It is a poor sermon that gives no offense; that neither makes the hearer displeased with himself nor with the preacher."
"Mere heathen morality, and not Jesus Christ, is preached in most of our churches."