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October 18, 2016, 12:37 PM

October 19, 2016

“When you tell them all this, they will not listen to you; when you call to them, they will not answer.  Therefore, say to them, ‘this is the nation that has not obeyed the LORD its God or responded to correction.  Truth has perished; it has vanished from their lips’.”  Jeremiah 7:27-28

                Can we handle the truth?  Think with me for a few moments about our current situation.  Why are we facing the trouble we see all around us?  Why have we succumbed to the ways of the world?  Why have we seen this influx of wickedness over the years?  The answer to many questions like these reveal the daunting truth about the church in the United States.  In his book, Vertical Church, James McDonald shares some very staggering statistics.  “Six thousand churches close their doors every year.  Thirty-five hundred Americans leave the church every day.  Only two percent of growing churches are effectively winning converts to Christ.  Fewer than twenty percent of Americans regularly attend church.”  McDonald calls this a major meltdown; an epic failure.  We know that statistics can be substantially erred yet if these numbers are anywhere close it reveals serious problems.

                Why focus on so many negatives?  Aren’t there some good things going on in some churches today?  There are some good things happening but the trend is certainly not positive.  A close examination of the Old Testament reveals, in detail, the downward progression of a nation (Israel) who pushed God aside.  The truth is, we see it happening in our own nation today.  Why?  Because we, as Christians, have become anything but excited and enthusiastic about our relationship with the living God.  We are being backed into a corner and warned to stay quiet as the ways of the world dominate our culture.  Where is the boldness of Peter, John and Paul?  There are a few “watchmen on the wall” but their message seems to be falling on deaf ears.  We have allowed the enemy to infiltrate the camp!

                So, what can be done about our current situation?  Have things gone too far?  Unless we acknowledge the problem, we will never take steps toward correction.  Look again at the passage above.  We must respond to God’s continual warnings around us.  Our only answer is to turn to Him in repentance, obey Him and separate ourselves from the ways of the world.   The Church will continue to be here until God calls us away.  However, it will be very different from the “country club” atmosphere we have experienced.  As persecution escalates, the Church will grow stronger but not necessarily larger.  Are you ready for the times?  Buckle up and stay close to God and in fellowship with His people.

                                                                                                                                We love you,

                                                                                                                                Brad and Virginia


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