Why is there a growing anti-Christian sentiment in our country? Why is it becoming more and more difficult to add Believers to the Body of Christ? Why is there a growing number of Christians leaving the Faith? Not only is the younger generation losing interest in the Church, but even those who were leaders in their churches for years, have departed in search of alternative answers to life’s challenges. Where has Christianity gone wrong? The foundation of our Faith is strong through Christ, but the representatives of Christ have failed to present and defend the principles of our Faith. The more we promote humanism, the greater the exodus. If our churches are more concerned with social interaction and activities void of spiritual impetus, it would be better to take their name off the marque and become a “service club.”
One of the greatest hindrances to Church growth is Christians who do not exemplify Jesus. In his book, The Christ of the Indian Road, E Stanley Jones, who was a missionary to India, related a conversation he had with Mahatma Gandhi where he asked him, “What is the greatest asset in making Christianity more approachable?” Gandhi said, “All Christians and missionaries need to begin to live more like Jesus.” Gandhi was also reported as saying, “I love your Christ, but I dislike your Christianity.” The world needs to see Jesus and not themselves in Christians. Jesus never acted like the world, and the world took notice.
The Church that we have observed for so many generations is changing its appearance and identity. The million dollar structures will always be there, but the True Church is identified as the people. It is not the mud and mortar but the soul and spirit of the Believer that characterizes the Church. Those Believers known as the REMNANT don’t challenge the Word, but accept the Word. They are not spectators but participants in the Faith. They honor their Lord by actions. They promote the teachings of the Word instead of the doctrines of man. They understand their positional authority and are willing to take a stand when the Faith is challenged. Their love of God is evidenced by their love for their fellow man. Their words exemplify their relationship with their Lord. Their music lifts their spirits instead of catering to their flesh. They believe all they have belongs to God. Sin is not glossed over, but eradicated whenever it is identified. The REMNANT believes in total commitment to God: body, soul, and spirit.
Organized churches need to realize that becoming more “carnal” friendly will only add to the problem. Churches need to return to the basic principles of the Faith. It is not adding programs to their church, but subtracting the non-Biblical actions they have promoted over its recent history.
I pray that the REMNANT will reenter the brick and mortar institutes and once again restore Biblical standards! For those REMNANTS that are still holding forth in the organized church, keep on promoting the Truth without compromise. Luke 18:8 asks that when Jesus returns, will He find Faith on the earth. The answer is YES, if the REMNANT rises up and holds the ranks! Amen and Amen.