The Condition Of The American Church

Matthew 24:6-8 (NKJV)

“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”

As stated before, there’s 2 things kept secret. America and the coming of the Lord that only the Father knew in His heart.

Is the church in America and abroad giving God a reason to end things?

Only the Father knows when things will come to an end.

Little by little we see that certain events made it look like America is about to collapse. Then a reprieve is issued. Not because Americans repented and got saved, and born again.

Evidence of Americans coming to the Lord in record numbers aren’t there. When you look at the evangelists, preaching in the streets, we see people walking by as if it’s just a crazy thing to repent. Watching one on one witnessing, we see the hearts hesitant to turn to Christ.

Don’t get me wrong, we’ve seen others come to Christ on the spot. While others would delay their repentance.

Whether there’s a whole sale revival or revival unseen is yet to be determined. Unseen in the sense that it’s not televised. It’s not advertised. Biblical experience of believers moved by the Holy Spirit remains the blueprint of how to work with the Holy Spirit to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Today, we see a departure of this blueprint.

Other things have taken precedent. It started almost 50 years ago or more.

The doctrine changed.

This is where it all starts.

Paul warned about this in Galatians 1:8-9.

In his last admonition, in 2 Timothy 4:1-5, Paul again warns of people leaving “sound doctrine.”

In 1 Timothy 4:1, Paul said that in the last days, people would come with “doctrine of devils and seducing spirits.”

When the doctrine changes, it’s because many pastors and preachers that expose themselves to other prominent pastors, the desire to be like them is heavily pursued. If you don’t have what they have, you’re considered ineffective.

You begin to change the way you do business. Not to attract sinners but to attract believers that are “searching for more.”

Transfer growth takes place.

The package is simple.

Praise and worship. Great music and musicians. This becomes the calling card of all forms of worship. If you don’t use music and it’s “sub par,” people will not be attracted. Even when you play the more popular praise and worship songs, if it’s played a different way, or not played on a polished level, people will just go to places where it’s played with polished musicians.

So a pastor will spend time and money to put together a polished praise and worship team.

Then the facilities are another challenge.

If it’s a small place, forget it. If it’s a medium sized place, it might get away with some things but the flaws will be more obvious. If it’s a large place, chances are, you might be in business.

But it takes money for both things to pull it off.

Then the teaching has to be relative to a person’s situation. It can’t be “negative.”

It must be uplifting.

With these 3 things, it’s very possible to pull it off.

Then you have the Head of the Church.

If He never called it, it’s tares among wheat.

In Africa, in some places, if you were to close your eyes, and listen to how they worship, you would think that you’re in America, except for the accent. Then if you were to open your eyes, you would see American bells and whistles.

It sounds like I’m off track, but I’m not. Because what we have today, we must ask ourselves a question.

Revelation chapters 2 and 3 is the 7 fold perspective of the Head of the Church that is applicable today. The church at Laodicea really underscores where we are today.

Revelation 3:14-22 (NKJV)

“And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write,
‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.

So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—

I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”‘”

Around the world, and especially in America, no better Scripture epitomizes American churches today.

We’re neither hot or cold. We’re rich and wealthy, we have need of nothing. We don’t know that we’re miserable, poor, blind, or naked. We can’t see. We don’t hear the Lord knocking on the door of our hearts. We won’t let Him come in.

This isn’t the condition of EVERY local church.

Other local churches have made significant changes to return to Matthew 28:18-20 and Mark 8:34-35. These changes hurt it’s overall agenda. They’ve return to sound doctrine. They’ve returned to discipling true believers. They’ve returned to prayer. They’ve rejected strange doctrine.

The Covid disease exposed the hearts of its spiritual leaders and true believers.

The church in America has been challenged to remain open, but with political restrictions.

This isn’t new. Over 100 years ago, the Spanish flu hit America and most churches closed it’s doors. But today, the capitulation was startling.

The modern church had a healing doctrine. But now, with Covid, many houses of worship opened its doors with restrictions. You must wear a mask, you must be vaccinated, and you must remain socially distant.

A few houses of worship offered healing services with these restrictions.

Don’t be so shocked.

Kenneth Copeland, a man in his 80’s was ministering to a man in a wheel chair. In the background, you could see people with masks on. He laid hands on him and the person in the wheel chair leaned back and the chair toppled over. The workers got the man in the wheel chair back up, but nothing happened.

This is just one example.

This isn’t to say that God doesn’t do miracles anymore. To say so without doing a comprehensive search would be folly on my part. But we must be very careful not to follow acts of other people to draw a crowd.

It’s forcing us to return to the basics of what the Lord commissioned the church to do.

It’s not over for America, yet, but it’s getting close. But the more we make an attempt to return to the days of old, preaching false doctrine, and other things, those that do such things have been warned.

Repent, or your lampstand will be removed.

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