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Asleep in the Pulpit

Not too many years ago, subjects like abortion, homosexuality, same sex marriages, children born out of wedlock, adultery, unmarried couples living together and our continued drug problem would have caused our pulpits to be on fire. Those God-called men would have preached loud and clear about God’s judgment. With our morals and convictions hitting an all time low, our pulpits are speaking of developing a better self-esteem and encouraging more tolerance. Preaching about sin is pretty much passé. Now we have communicators and lecturers who ignore God and His evaluation of this world.

“God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.” Psalms 7:11

Most of today’s pulpit fillers are just that; filling the pulpit, and they don’t do that very often. Pastors, a few years ago, preached Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night, taught a Sunday School class and may have had a radio broadcast. Today, they speak once a week, twice at the most, then require a four to six week sabbatical so they can rest!

The main problem with our nation is not Obama, the Democrats or Republicans, but a bunch of sissified preachers who don’t want to lose their jobs. The whole situation is ironic because when the preachers quit preaching, the churches quit growing. A recent article in Zionica News stated that when measuring church growth with population growth, only 4% of America’s churches were growing. You know what that means…96% of the churches are not growing!

The Barna Research group states that of the 350,000 Protestant churches in America, 60,000 do not have one convert per year. You talk about Sodom and Gomorrah. Poor old backslidden Lot failed to influence anyone for good. He was so anemic that God could not find ten saved people in the entire town. Lot even failed within his own family.

Another statistic that was upsetting was that not one county in all fifty states had more church attendance today than they had ten years ago.

It does not take a rocket scientist to know that what we are doing is not working. No one dare to have a “responsive reading” any more. (This was a practice when the pastor would select a passage of scripture, read a verse and the congregation would read the next verse. They would alternate reading verses until the passage was completed.) There are too many versions of the Bible that all read differently. This one situation alone reveals that there is no final authority in matters of faith and practice. My opinions are as good as yours and vice versa. Christians spend more time listening to Dr. Phil or reading their horoscope than they do reading their Bible.

Both the lost soul and the carnal Christian want to be pampered. They want to “”feel good” about themselves. They don’t want to hear the “negative.” “Tell me about heaven, but don’t mention hell.” There is much more in the Bible about what’s wrong with man than there is about heaven. Churches and Christians do not want to hear about their sins, yet the epistles to the churches in the New Testament dealt with revealing and correcting sins in the congregations, whether sins of the flesh (morals) or sins of the spirit (doctrinal.)

Paul addressed the converts at Corinth as “the church of God,” “saints” and “sanctified,” (1 Corinthians 1:2) yet they had all kinds sin problems, from incest to false doctrine. Paul did not ignore their sins, whitewash their sins or become tolerant of their sins. He identified them, preached against them and taught them how to correct them.

Another thing that is oxymoronic in our time is that many of the mega church preachers have resurrected the only postmillennial theory that the visible church will do so well, convert the world and clean it up, and then Jesus will come back. They really have high regards for their preaching, or should I say their ability to communicate? Anyone who is semiconscious knows that this world is worse off in morals and doctrine than it was 50 years ago; 25 years ago; even 10 years ago. Just because we have changed some laws or attitudes does not make sin become holy or righteous. If it was sin in 1962, it is sin in 2012, regardless of whether anyone mentions it as such or not. God’s righteousness does not change with men’s preferences or the church’s acceptance.

Our churches have become “entertainment centers” where the arts are performed instead of “gospel lighthouses” where the gospel is preached. Paul was so emphatic about the gospel he preached that he declared that if even an “angel from heaven” (Galatians 1:8) altered it, toned it down, changed it in any way, “let him be accursed.”

Christ stated:

“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matthew 24:37

Genesis 6:5 says:

“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

Jesus Christ brings up an interesting point about sinful time:

“For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away…” Matthew 24:38-39

This extreme wickedness did not faze man; he went right on living his regular life; no changes. We, as God’s people, need to wake up, pray up, read up and ‘fess up because:

“God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.” Psalms 7:11

Keep Looking Up!

Leland Maples