Hi Paul,Thankyou for that wonderful topic.When there is a problem within the church, we need to look at the head. I believe there are many Pastors in the church that should never have been put there or are there before their time - Many churches are started from nowhere by someone who puts themselves in that place and then joins an organisation or not.People, including Pastors, are a result of their upbringing. If there has been trouble in the family and insecurity has arisen because of it, then these insecurities need to be dealt with - and it takes more than a 5 minute prayer - it can takes years.Because of our generation and the one before, we have a lot of Pastors with huge insecurites in their lives. Many times they will say "Its all for the Glory of God", when its not really but all for their own glory.The church is in trouble - God Help Us!!!!!!!!!!Our Lord Still Demands New Testament Standards
By A. W. Tozer
That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing,
being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the
knowledge of God. - Colossians 1:10
Not the naked Word only but the character of the
witness determines the quality of the Christian convert.
The church can do no more than transplant herself.
What she is in one land she will be in another. A crab
apple does not become a Grimes Golden by being carried
from one country to another.
God has written His law deep into all life; everything
must bring forth after its kind!
It would appear logical that a subnormal, powerless
church would not engage in missionary activity, but
again the facts contradict the theory. Christian groups
that have long ago lost every trace of moral fire never-
theless continue to grow at home and reproduce them-
selves in other lands.
There is a weakness too in world missionary activity
carried on by the evangelical wing of the church. That
weakness is the naive assumption that we have only to
reach the last tribe with our brand of Christianity and
the world has been evangelized! This is an assumption
that we dare not make.
Evangelical Christianity is now tragically below the
New Testament standard. Worldliness is an accepted
part of our way of life. Our religious mood is social
instead of spiritual. We have lost the art of worship.
We are not producing saints. We carry on our religious
activities after the methods of the modern advertiser.
Our literature is shallow and our hymnody borders on
sacrilege. And scarcely anyone appears to care!
Yours in Christ,
Paul N. F.