THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Here’s another “tidbit” from a child.
It really aligns well with the Scriptures!
“After Solomon there were a bunch of major league prophets.
One of these was Jonah, who was swallowed by a big whale and then barfed up on the shore.”
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
John, on instruction from our Lord Jesus, wrote the above verse to the church at Laodecia.
Take a look at that word “spue.”
It is translated from the Greek: emeo (em-eh’-o), which literally means VOMIT!
The church had become self-centered because it was well off.
“Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing;
and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:” (Rev. 3:17)
Jesus said what they needed to do was approach Him with genuineness, and really learn to
“SEE” their purpose.
“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich;
and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear;
and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” (Rev 3:18)
The whole purpose of the church is to be clothed in humility and carry the Gospel with boldness!
It is inevitable, because of population shifts, that SOME churches will plateau, and eventually decline.
However, at present, some 63% of churches are in that position!
That certainly didn’t happen to ALL of them because of population shifts!!
Most members attend, just to attend; rarely give; and, certainly don’t want to become INVOLVED in the work of church!
Fewer than 37% of members give regularly, and
fewer than 31% of members actually read their Bible!
The truth is, many churches have lost sight of their purpose.
The reason MOST churches decline is due to a lack of evangelistic mission.
And, the reason most churches get that way is because the members feel:
“....rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing....”!!
Church members have become so “worldly minded,” they are of no “heavenly use!”
We’re in danger of being SPEWED!!
Let us remember that the church is:
the BODY of Christ on the earth,
the arms, legs, feet and voice of the Lord to the world,
with the three-fold purpose of: Evangelizing the lost, Educating the saved, and Preaching to the world!
Let’s have a Heaven-sent, wall-shaking, neighbor-door-knocking, Holy Spirit-led REVIVAL!!