The Sleeping Church

While the threat of Islam is growing with the resurgence of Radical Islam in the Middle East with the so-called Arab Spring (i.e., the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and ISIS in Syria) the Evangelical Church in the USA is being put to sleep with Sunday messages catering more to the self-centered consumeristic desires of the flesh than to challenge their congregations to be committed to evangelizing the nations and manifesting the Kingdom of God!

The desire for larger churches is driving many pastors to a corporate methodology  for success rather than the New Testament emphasis on fasting, prayer and preaching with the power of God (Acts 6:1-4; 1 Corinthians 2:1-4) and standing for righteousness politically and socially in our pulpits.

While we as a nation continue to abort almost 3,000 children per day, legalize same-sex marriage, embrace secularism and continue to go downhill because of low moral standards and budget deficits fueled by almost half the country not paying taxes with concomitant high demands for more entitlements. When it comes to fasting, praying and seeking the face of the Lord we would rather do what’s convenient and on our schedule.

Liberal left-leaning leaders are gaining more influence in the Church while the voices of our major leaders are silent in the issues. They have a proclivity towards cultural accommodation regarding abortion and same-sex marriage, and view big government as the solution to our problems rather than focusing on God’s top ten moral list of priorities regarding the righteous standard for a nation as stated in Exodus 20. The result: the church is becoming less distinct from the world and depending more on the central power of men than God.

In order to bring revival to our nation there must first be an awakening. This awakening will only come when every person that declares themselves as a Christ follower begin to walk the talk that we decree each Sunday morning. We have to the true church, the one without walls, and the one that walks in true love as not just church members but Disciples of Christ.

Remember what Jesus said, “John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love another. By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” This a love that is better demonstrated than spoken.

This is the Voice of the Overseer!


About johnhreid2013

Bishop in the Eagle's Rock Communion of Christian Leaders (ERCCL) and is member of International Communion of Evangelical Churches (ICEC). He is the founder and Senior Pastor of Victory Family Outreach Ministries located in Woodbridge, VA.
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