In this political correct world, in which we live, it seems as if the God, whom we have and have always had, has been reduced in sermons to fairy tales, customized to fit a particular segment of the Christian community, and His word edited, changed or amended, However, Christianity is still the same as it has always been. Maybe it's just that we have changed.,
Why, most churches today do not even have a Sunday night service. While others, have discontinued the Wednesday night prayer service. Basically a couple of hours a week, on Sunday morning, is all that is given. This is in the form of about 30 minutes for Sunday School, 30 minutes for a coffee break and 1 hour for the Sunday service.
The old fashion hymns have been abandoned for the more modern songs that lift up mans goodness, rather than the love and redeeming power of god. Why I have even heard that many churches have taken songs, that mention the blood, out of the hymnals.
The preaching appears to have discarded the basic principles of scripture for a variety of feel good motivational dissertations. And no more invitations, at the conclusion of the sermon, such as to receive Christ, to recommit to Christ, or even join the church.
So, what has really happened to THAT " OLD TIME RELIGION" ? It seems no matter what church or which denomination you visit, the attendance is down, compared to past years Why is this ? Have you tried visiting a church lately? For example, if two people came to visit your church, and one looked like a banker and the other a punk rock star, which one would you greet first? ( Jude 1:18-19 )
Yes, churches have defiantly changed since their inception, on the day of Pentecost. And it would behoove us all to take a lesson from that early day church. ( 1 John 4:1 )
First and foremost they were all saved, and then baptized under Peter's ministry. As a result of this outpouring of the Holy Spirit, about three thousand were added to their number in one day.
How does your church compare with this early church ? And does that church you are looking to attend, match that early day church ?
They devoted themselves to the apostlesí teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. ( Acts 2:42)
Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. ( Acts 2:43 )
All the believers were together and had everything in common. ( Acts 2:44)
They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. ( Acts 2:45)
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, ( Acts 2:46)
Praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. ( Acts 2:47 )
Yes, God will always have a church. ( Revelation 1:18 ) You see, the church is not fancy buildings, it's not thick padded pews, it's not comfortable climate controlled sanctuaries. The church is you and I. The church will always be here, but it depends on how we act, as to how many may attend our church.
If you are out there looking for a church, don't put your faith on hold, because you haven't found a church that fits. Continue to daily worship in prayer, bible study, journaling, and sharing with others, your faith in God.( John 14:6) ( John 3:16 )
Could it be that you have not found a church, because you have not yet found true faith in Jesus Christ. Simply put, it just take a step of faith, on your part, to accept God's free grace.( Ephesians 2:8-9 )
Just pray this simple prayer.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I have sinned and need forgiveness. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for me. Come into my life, free me, and teach me your ways. Thank you Lord, for this gift of Salvation. In Jesus name. Amen.( Romans 3:23 ) ( Romans 10:9 ) ( John 1:12 ) ( 1 John 5:11-13 )
Now that you have excepted Christ,( 2 Cor 5:17 ) start reading your Bible, starting with the book of John, tell someone what God has done for you and find a good Bible believing church. A church that believes in the full gospel, as stated in ( 1 Cor 15:1-5)