“The true man of God is heartsick, grieved at the worldliness of the Church…grieved at the toleration of sin in the Church, grieved at the prayerlessness in the Church. He is disturbed that the corporate prayer of the Church no longer pulls down the strongholds of the devil.”
– Leonard Ravenhill
How many “church programs” today do we see that are designed to cater to the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.
Instead of preaching the gospel with conviction in the highways and hedges, and church leaders perfecting the saints when they gather, we see “churches” trying to reach the world with worldliness. Instead of the church going into all the world and preaching the gospel, some churches are setting up worldly entertainment centers for people to come to. Preaching the word boldly against sin and equipping the saints is out of style and out of step with much of today’s church. Creating an enticing environment, offering what itchy ears want is in style. While the preaching of the old rugged cross of Jesus Christ is removed for a shiny one to be sold, bought, and worn around necks.
Sadly today we can see those who are ashamed of the gospel are often offering another gospel that avoids the offense of the cross, avoids hell fire preaching, avoids the law that exposes sin, and even avoids repentance or changing it to mean the same as faith. How grievous this is, while self love and pleasure are also more important than loving God in many churches today. James Dobson’s false self-esteem gospel is also more popular than Jesus message of denying self in many churches.
What sorrow it is to see so many buildings filled with people being taught error, fables, psychoheresy, and brought in by enticing words of deceit. Oh the deceptions filling the churches today that we cannot even tell the difference between them (of the so called church) and the world. We reckon some do have a FORM of godliness but have not the power of the Holy Spirit to live a true godly life and loving God above self, pleasure, and worldliness. It’s sad and grievous to see how many show love for the world and will not follow Jesus on the narrow road taking up the cross.
Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
WHERE IS THE LOVE OF THE FATHER TODAY?
1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
THE CHURCHES GOAL IS NOT TO TRY TO GET THE LOST TO COME TO A GATHERING OF SAINTS, IT’S THE DUTY OF THE SAINTS TO GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL AND WHEN THEY GATHER, GET PERFECTED FOR THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY.
ARE WE CALLED TO PERFECT THE WORLD (NO!)?
ARE WE CALLED TO ENTERTAIN THE WORLDS GOATS (NO!)?
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Luke 14:23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
Ephesians 4:11-12 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
FEW WILL LOVE THE NARROW ROAD AND BE SAVED BUT SADLY MANY WILL LOVE THE BROAD ROAD THAT LEADETH TO HELL:
Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
SOMETIMES LOVE IS NOT ALWAYS GOOD, BUT LOVERS OF GOD SHOULD KNOW WHO TO TURN AWAY FROM:
2 Timothy 3:1-5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
ARE YOU FILLED WITH MUCH GRIEF AND SORROW?
Ecclesiastes 1:18 For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
Hebrews 3:7-13 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
ARE YOU USING CARNAL WORLDLINESS OR SPIRITUAL WEAPONS THAT THE LORD HAS GIVEN US TO USE TO PULL DOWN STRONG HOLDS AND STANDING AGAINST THE WILES OF THE DEVIL? ARE YOU PREACHING BOLDLY THE GOSPEL AND NOT BEING ASHAMED OF THE CROSS OF JESUS?
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; ) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Ephesians 6:10-20 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.