Due to the excess of teaching on grace in the churches today, the thought of serving a God that might be a little demanding turns many people off.
Far too many of us we live in what I call crisis mode. We live our everyday lives, go to church, sometimes to every service, but we really do not seek God. We seek our own lives, our own financial security, and from there the list continues on.
If your husband is called to a ministry then you have one of the enemy's targets on your back. Satan knows if he can take you out he can damage or stop the effectiveness of your husband's fruitfulness.
It is of utmost importance that we see our value, not in some prideful attitude of self achievement or inherited superior race or family tree, but as helpless human sinners, yet as sinners with value, a value based not on what we are or can do, but on what He can do with and through us.
Lately we are seeing in the news an alarming number of pastoral failures. Emotional burnout and moral infidelities among pastors keeps rising. I think it was about eighteen years ago when it hit me that God is all about team ministry.
How many remember the very first days of becoming a Christian? How many remember the experience of being filled with God's Holy Spirit? Oh the new joy! Oh the new peace that passed all understanding!
Please pastors tell us God loves us and that he has a wonderful plan for our lives. Please tell us 'peace peace when there is no peace' (Jeremiah 6:14b). Tell us that everything is going to be just fine and that God understands how hard it is to live in this day and time.
The churches of the Book of Revelation hold a spiritual ranking. It's not the order found in scripture. It's an order of the churches most pleasing to our Lord, all the way down to the one He said made Him sick.
Perhaps the reason I'm writing this article is the fact that it seems at least one report a month is coming in of another pastor or Christian leader falling in America.
Personally I experience a check down in my spirit every time I hear the phrase "unconditional love".
Someone wisely said that whenever you teach too much of one thing in the Bible it becomes a heresy. In some circles the church has made grace sound cheap by focusing on grace to the exclusion of other Biblical truths.
The nearest and dearest thing to my heart is to see people become "born again." However one of the saddest things for me to see is quick prayers prayed over people, who have heard a quick salvation message, and then to see them politely told "Today's church service is over."
In today's church, as I have written in other articles we have created this "Grandpa God" who is all warm and fuzzy, who loves everybody the same no matter what they are doing or what they have done.
As the political philosophies of communism numb a whole nation, so can concepts of unconditional love numb a whole nation of churches into a slumber of baby, milk fed saints.
I have come in contact with believers who have been steeped in the "unconditional love" teachings. I have observed that they often exhibit an attitude, an attitude that corresponds greatly with the narcissism of our self-focused society. The attitude of self-entitlement!
For thirty pieces of silver Judas sold out Jesus! Is it possible that we in today's churches sell out Jesus for even less?
On my website in big blue letters are the words "God is Still Speaking to His People!" I say that, realizing full well that in our culture there is a semantics-wrestling match concerning the real meaning of what I have just said.
How often through the years have we heard a "certain somebody" in a sermon described as being "so heavenly minded they are no earthly good?" What about those who are so earthly minded that they are of little heavenly good?
There is a judgment of God, which is to be feared and dreaded more than any other type of His judgment.
How would I describe to a single individual the path to personal revival?
My heart sank. With great sadness I said what was on my heart to say. "Pastor, please tell your people that this deeply grieves the Spirit of God. That no man or woman should ever expect God to fit into their schedule."
When the church stops preaching the entire counsel of God, when it stops rightly dividing the Word of truth, then a void develops, a void which must be filled.
On one side of town you have the church who honors the first half of Jude 22, 23, "And of some have compassion". Then in other places around your city are the churches who preach messages designed to bring their attendee's under great conviction, doing as Jude says, "others save with fear" by proclaiming strong doctrine.
One day I came out of my home and the American Flag that I had hanging as a banner on the front of my house was torn in half by a bad windstorm that night. I quickly tied a knot in the middle of the flag and proceeded to my car. I felt at the time that God wanted to promote unity in the hearts of the people of our nation. The tear metaphorically represented the division we feel every day. The knot however represented all the things we do agree on.
God is the great sovereign creator of the universe and knows what's best for all of our lives. He understands we are a three part being, spirit, soul, and body and that for us to be the healthiest and happiest, all three of those parts need to be in harmony with each other and with Him!