Quotes and Notes for the Day
DANGEROUS TRENDS IN BIBLE CHRISTIANITY- III
(Coldness of Attitude !)
“Unto the angle of the church of Ephesus write: These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who wallketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks. I know thy works, and thy labor, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil…………. And hast borne, and has patience, and for my name ‘s sake hast labored and has not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” Revelation 2:1-4
It is said, that there are certain set of words that anyone should never forget and rarely does forget: the first words a person speaks when he/she begins their earthly life and the last words a person speaks before their earthly departure. The Great Commission Building Mandate was one of the last set of words Christ spoke to his disciples before He returned back to His Heavenly Father in the Celestial heavens. The Great Commission is still in effect until the Church – the body of Christ is raptured. And sad to say that so many independent baptist ministries started out by godly men of yesteryear’s their light is so dim, and in many of them even extinguished. The Laodicean-spirit has set in, and they are becoming more self-centered and self-absorbed in their daily walk.
Coldness Attitudes of indifference, lethargy and spiritual unconcern have permeated the ranks of numerous New Testament Churches and ministries. Hundreds of weekly soul winning visitation ministries have been curtailed, diminished, or shut down in churches across the continent. Sunday evening services have been permanently cancelled, and old fashioned prayer meetings have been curtailed in other ministries. In the gospel of Matthew 24:12 Jesus said, “and because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” This predictive of our Lord which will find its ultimate fulfillment during the tribulation period is being prophetically foreshadowed today.
The one sure cause of apathy ( indifference) is the creeping of sin in believers lives. When the people of God allow the things of the world to rob their eternal blessings, and indulge in the affairs of the world no matter harmless they seem, slowly but surely indifference starts to creep in their lives (homes) and then in their churches. Jesus asked Peter three times this question ” Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?” The sin of indifference includes in our giving to the Lord’s work. Many times we give at no cost to us. Now this does not necessarily means in terms of money, but our time and energy also. In many of the churches who once supported a number of missionaries, in our day missions giving has so much dwindled that missionary endeavors at the lowest level of all times.
Another cause of spiritual indifference is allowing dead orthodoxy to replace a true love for the Lord. A believer is to be earmarked by his love for and obedience to the Lord. “” He that hath my commandments and keeps them, he it is that loveth me.” And yet it is possible to obey without love. It is possible to cling to the truth and serve God out of duty. So many believers of our day are taking for granted what they have in Christ, and living for Christ has become no longer adventure, making many lose sight of their eternal purpose.
to be continued…………………….
The Staff of The Peoples Gospel Hour
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff