Faith in God, Love for People

Has Your Church Changed?

Has your Church stopped singing the Old Hymns? Have they quit using the Bible you grew up with? Do they preach the whole counsel of God, or just the pleasant parts? Sadly many Churches have changed, and NOT FOR THE BETTER. They have become nothing more than worldly entertainment to get a crowd. There is no preaching against sin, nothing about repentance and conversion.
Many sit in the same pew they have sat in for many years and wonder if they are the ones who are out of step. “We have to change with the times,” they are told. “We must adapt to give people what they want.” But is the Church of Jesus Christ supposed to give sinners what they want or what they need? Should the Church of God seek to please God or men? To ask these questions is to answer them, at least for anyone who has any knowledge of the Word of God. The Church of Jesus Christ should stand like a bright beacon of light in a dark world. But if it is not separate from the world, how can it call men out of the world? Has God changed the Ten Commandments? Has God’s demand for holiness diminished? What about God? Has He changed, or His Holy Word? Of course not.
It is no wonder to me that our nation is in such a sad state of affairs, when our Churches have become so weak and powerless to stop the moral decline. The true message of God may not always be pleasant, but it is necessary if souls are to be converted and our nation delivered from destruction. Simple Bible preaching may not be fun and exciting, but it and it alone is God’s ordained means of saving His elect. (See 1 Cor. 1:23-26) The apostle says that it is by “the foolishness of preaching” that God will “save them that believe.”
Yes, the message of God’s Word in Church should be relevant to the lives of God’s people. Yes, it must hit us right where “the rubber meets the road.” But this does not mean that it has to be made politically correct and filled with fun and games. Paul told the young preacher Timothy, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” (2 Tim. 4:2) Today, it is certainly “out of season,” but it must still be preached in its fullness and by the power of the Holy Spirit if our community or our nation is to be revived.
If your Church has left the old paths and you do not know what to do, I invite you to visit us at Harmony Baptist. Our prayer to God is that we might be found faithful, not popular. If that is your desire, come join us. You will find our service times listed on page 7. May God richly bless you. I hope to see you soon.

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