by Patricia L. Dickson 5/22/14
According to a study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute, there were 1.06 million abortions performed in the U.S. in 2011. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Vital Statistics is reporting that in 2012, there were more black babies killed by abortion (31,328) in New York City than were born there (24,758), and the black children killed comprised 42.4% of the total number of abortions in New York City.
Approximately 50% of all American marriages end in divorce resulting in kids being shuttled between two households. The Homosexual community has made major inroads into every institution (including some so-called churches) in America. Only 70% of U.S. students graduate from High School. The Public School system has dumbed down our kids by replacing Reading, Writing and Arithmetic with graphic sex education classes with an emphasis on the Homosexual, Bisexual and Transgender lifestyle.
In the meantime, the state of Colorado has passed laws legalizing marijuana and other states are threatening to follow suit. All of these things are taking place despite the fact that there are churches located on every corner in America.[pullquote]The Public School system has dumbed down our kids by replacing Reading, Writing and Arithmetic with graphic sex education classes with an emphasis on the Homosexual, Bisexual and Transgender lifestyle.[/pullquote]
Many Americans fill our churches on Sunday mornings where they sing songs of Praise and listen to sweet sermons. However, once these same individuals and families leave the four walls of their church, they seem to resume the same behavior as though they have no power to break free. Many parishioners feel as though their problems (and sins) are unsurmountable.
Many pastors stand in their perspective pulpits Sunday after Sunday giving pep talks, talking about prosperity and telling touching stories, refusing to mention the word sin out of fear of offending someone. They teach about the love and mercy of God, daring to mention God’s judgment.
I remember traveling through a city in my car and hearing a local pastor advertise his church on the radio. He said that everyone was welcome to attend his Sunday morning service and that he promised not to beat up on anyone. In other words, he would not remind you of your sin. Pastors are delivering a cafeteria style gospel where they pick and choose parts of the Bible. Pastors are called to preach and teach the whole truth of God’s word just as the Apostle Paul wrote in Acts.
How can the church grow and be equipped to obey the Lord’s commandment to spread the Gospel throughout the four corners of the earth if we ourselves are weak and burdened down with sin? The word of God proclaims that we (Christians) are the salt of the earth, but if we have lost our saltiness, what good are we to the earth (world)?
What is the church? The Bible teaches us that the church is the bride of Christ and that Jesus will return for His bride, a church without spot or wrinkle. If Jesus were to return today, would the church be hiding in shame just like Adam? Will Jesus have to call out to us “Church, where art thou?”
How did the church end up in this condition? When the church stopped preaching the word of God and substituted it with man’s words, it became powerless! The Bible proclaims that there is power in the word of God. If we read the book of Acts, we will find that after the preaching of the word, salvations and miracles happened. People’s lives were transformed. All throughout the Bible we see transformations and miracles taking place after the preaching of God’s word. Look what happened in the city of Nineveh after Jonah proclaimed the word of God. The king and all the people repented of their sins.
The church has become passive to sin (claiming not wanting to judge) instead of aggressively preaching God’s word unapologetically with authority. According to Hebrews 4:12, the word of God judges the thoughts and purposes of the heart.
The world has a kindred spirit with the church because it feels so comfortable amongst the so-called people of God. Sinners should instantly feel convicted when they come into God’s house because the presence of the Holy Spirit should be there. Instead, celebrities who openly display their hatred for God through their music and movies, can walk into our churches and sit on the front row or be invited in our pulpits and not feel any convictions.
Many of the pastors are more concerned about money than souls, therefore they will not preach about sin because it might offend someone and cause them to leave the church and take their tithe with them. The Bible says that anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. The Bible also teaches us that if we confess our sins, God is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. What joy it is to know that my sins can be washed away!
My question to pastors is what else is more beneficial for your congregations than the teachings of the bible? There is no issue in our lives that the bible does not have an answer.
By not preaching God’s word, we deny God’s power to manifest. The preaching of the word brings the repentance of sin. God has commanded us to preach His word, He is responsible for proving it. The bible teaches us that God’s word will accomplish what it was sent to do and want return void.
When I witness the constant moral decaying of the world, I can only place the blame where it belongs, at the feet of the church. Church, where art thou?
Patricia Dickson blogs at Patricia’s Corner. • (1860 views)