The State of Christianity

The state of Christianity in America today truly is a sad thing. Only God can change it--or should I say change us. It must begin with each individual Christian. Generally speaking, there is nothing in modern day Christianity that would draw me to Christ. God gave grace to me in that he allowed me to be born to godly parents who taught me the truth from a child. But if I were not saved now, I doubt I ever would be.


I say this to our shame--there is nothing attractive to the world about Christianity because the church has become the world. It grieves me that if anyone attends church they expect to be entertained and they expect the Christian life to be trouble-free. I'm a little fired up an a lot angry at what we as Christians have allowed the devil to do. I am not just typing the keys. I am punching them. It is time to get back to, "...thus saith the LORD...."


Why do we no longer make a stand for the truth of the Gospel? Oh, we say we are Christians. We claim to love Christ. When was the last time you verbally shared Him with someone? When was the last time you spoke of Him at the office, or the mall? How about at family get-togethers? We have been given the order from Christ Himself to go and share His Truth with a lost and dying world. I am not talking about handing a tract to someone or inviting them to church. That is good, but when was the last time you spoke for the One who died for you? I know in my life it is not often enough. Still, that is what we are called to do--no, commanded to do.

Jesus said in John 20:21, "...as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you." He was sent by the Father and in turn He has sent us. Why was He sent? "...to seek and to save that which was lost." We have been sent as He was sent--to seek the lost. Really, for what other reason did Jesus come? To heal the sick? So they could be comfortable. No, No, No, No, No. He healed them in relation to their faith. Each and every one that Jesus healed came to Him by faith in the person of the Messiah. He did not just heal them just so they could be healthy again. That is humanism, and it has infiltrated the church.

Did He come to feed the hungry? Did He come to save Israel from Roman oppression? No, No, No, No, No. He came to seek the lost. Did He minister to the lost by healing them and feeding them. Certainly, but that is not why He came. Furthermore, feeding the hungry and providing health care for the sick is not the primary job of the church. Her primary job is to seek the lost. Christ will do the saving, but He chooses to use our hands, feet, and mouths.

The state of Christianity truly is pitiful. It has become an institution of entertainment. Fancy preachers in big halls flashing pearly white teeth seem successful. "There is a better way to live," they say. They appeal to the emotions and everyone leaves the church happy--and sadly, most leave lost as well.

We are failing, and failing greatly to fulfill The Great Commission. It was important enough to God to send His Son. It was important enough for God to place the Commission in the first five books of The New Testament (Matthew 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; John 20:21; Acts 2:8). Jesus said in John 8:12 that He was the Light of the world. In Matthew 5:14 He says that we are the light of the world. IF we possess His light we are to continue to shine that reflective light everywhere we go. Are you--really?

Matthew 5:13 tells us, "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men." Realistically, is this not an accurate description of 21st Century Christianity here in America?

It angers me to see how much we have given away. We talk like the world. We act like the world. We dress like the world. We go to worldly amusements and take in worldly entertainment. We are as careless as the world and yet we expect the world to accept our Christ. We are just like the world. We offer them nothing different. True godly holiness, the sign of Christianity, has long ago departed--and so has the glory of God. Ichabod is written across so many church doors in America today. It is shameful and no one cares. My friend, it is past time to wake up!

John the Baptist gave another description of present day America as he addressed the religious leaders of his day in Matthew 3:7, 8--"But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance. America, where are your fruits for repentance? Talk is cheap.

I remember being at my Aunt's funeral several years ago. My aunt was a born again Christian and she lived it. The "preacher" said, "This woman had so much faith, she knew she would be in the presence of God when she passed on. I hope someday I can have that kind of faith." This is a supposed man of God admitting he does not have saving faith. He is as lost as his congregation. Come on! What is wrong with us?

Everything that I share at our church, everything I write on HubPages, I am responsible for. I have to deal with the same life situations that you do. Before I make an attempt to remove the splinter out of your eye, I must first remove the log out of mine. I need to deal with these things first before I bring them to you. I have dealt with them. Now will you--for Christ's sake.


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

A VERY LOUD AMEN! Yes we need to show the very essence of Christ and His presence in us. It is about time we DECLARE Him yo the masses.


exjwlaurie 5 years ago

Brother Lifegate, I am crying as I read this! Even as I woke up this morning deciding not to attend church today for these very reasons--I wondered does anyone even care that Church today is little more than a social networking meeting? Where is the fire for our Lord Christ Jesus? Where is the warning to the church of the days we are living in?

The churches these days even dim the lights during the sermon--so you can't look up Scriptures as the sermons is taught. People walk in and out as if they are at a movie theater, they want to get to the lobby for refreshments!

I so long to attend a church that is on fire for the Lord! That has the mission of love and encouragement, and a passion for for inspiring people to grow up in Christ. I don't want to participate in "quilting" classes and "zoo day". I want to be a part of a purposed and organized evangelism for the gospel of Christ. To study and share revelations about the Prophecies of the days we are heading into!

I so appreciate knowing a Pastor who "GET"S IT"! Thank you my Brother for this brave and TRUTHFUL message, it gives me hope in a morning when I was thinking "there is no hope" for the churches.

Thank you Bill, May God Bless you and your Church, they are blessed to have you.


Searchinsany 5 years ago

lifegate

Sad to say not only in America. This is a passionate plea, keep speaking from the heart.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thank you all for your input. The change is up to us. Let's do what we can while we can!


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djbraman 5 years ago

We are supposed to be witnesses to the Jews and by our life in Christ bring a jealousy so they will want their Messiah Jesus! The Jews see nothing to be jealous of, I have many Orthodox Jewish friends and connects and I have never met one yet that was not interested in Yashua, but they want to hear it from a Christian that has been transformed into a spiritual light and not just more of the world. We have failed miserably at being the watchmen on the wall. There are many souls lost in the darkness of this world, but many Christians are lost with them, they need someone with the light to shine into their darkness. The gospel has indeed been lost, and many churches don't want the down and out in their church, but this is the people Jesus gravitated to. I pray for the spirit to show all of us discernment and wisdom and get the world up out of the church. The days of the Gentiles is numbered, and we sit asleep in the church, my G-d help us! Pray Pray and Pray some more!


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Specialk3749 5 years ago from Michigan

AMEN! Churches today are just glorified social places. It is hard to find true Christians who are living a life of faith and not with their emotions. It really is a sign of the times. I believe Jesus is coming back real soon!


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Donna,

"The days of the Gentiles is numbered, and we sit asleep in the church, my G-d help us! Pray Pray and Pray some more!" That's where we need to be. Thank you for pointing it out. I'm praying you continue to be salt and light in NC.

Specialk,

I too believe that Jesus will be returning soon. I can hardly wait to be delivered from this present world. In the meantime He's given us a mission. Carry on, sister.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

The dominant church in our time is the Laodicea church or the lukewarm church wherein christianity is marked by half-heartedness and worldliness. Churches today need revival fires of the Holy Spirit. WE must daily search our hearts whether we live for the Lord or for ourselves. Thank you for bringing out this reality here at HUbpages. Remain blessed always. Best regards.


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA

John 12:25 came to mind as I read about the flashy teeth and worldliness of the carnal 'church': "He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal." Sending us out as "sheep among wolves" (Mat 10:16) doesn't sound like a cake walk and it's not. We will be HATED (Mat 10:22), but we will love others enough to be HATED.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Cristina,

Laodicea is here for sure. Thank God we're almost to the end. I'm so looking forward to seeing Him face to face.

JD,

Good to see you! "Sheep among wolves"--absolutely. It's our calling and our command. We just need to be faithful to the Shepherd. Thanks for stopping by.


mikeq107 5 years ago

1000 thumbs up!!!

As I read this ..I saw myself right there with you Tag Preaching :0)

Matthew 5:13 tells us, "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men." Realistically, is this not an accurate description of 21st Century Christianity here in America?

Love that......here we are in a land of plenty yet it is empty of men and women who are on fire with love from their creator...I so long to have true fellowship in this country and it only takes a few of us to set the forrest ablaze...your in My prayers!!!

Love In Jesus

Mike :00)))))))))

ps shared with my followers


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Raymond Tremain 5 years ago from Metro Manila Philippines

Can I say something that you won't chew me up with, have you ever noticed that the churches are now leaving out the most important message from being preached, have you ever wondered why the churches are so large and full, and wonderd why most pastors now have their own jet planes.

Some years ago Pastor B. H. came down to Melbourne aussie land to preach, and the news papers got stuck in to him about all the money he was making from these visits, and why he was not giving it to the poor or missions instead of keeping it for himself, well since then he has not been back to Melbourne.

that is only one Ps.if you go to any church well in usa you will find that they do not tell the message as it is written in the Bible it is watered down, this is what the people only want to hear, all this can be seen on TV, the preaching now is so weak it does not convict you at all. Now if the preaching was to convict you do you think that the people would be going to hear about their sins and what they are doing wrong, when they enjoy living a certain style that gives them freedom from conviction.

One day I pray they will wake up to the sloppy way of preaching, lets get back to the true Gospel the way that Jesus taught it.

God loves all


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Mike,

Thanks for the visit and for sharing. I agree with you completely. Let's get the fire started!

Raymond,

You've said a mouthful, but Oh so true! Preachers have it backwards today. They try to please the people. My goal is to please God. If I lose people over

God's message. That's okay. It's God I have to answer to at the end of the day! Oh, and by the way, I have lost my share of people.


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

lifegate....excellent points and a great hub!

I agree that "Christians" need to take a long look in the mirror.......for me, and this is just my opinion, BUT, it seems as if we have become so consumed with building "country club" churches, with $million$ audio/video systems, workout spas, extravagant travel clubs and such. I'm not saying that "big" churches are bad....just an observation. We seem more concerned about letting government take care of the "least of these" and more concerned about personal fashion statements...anyway, sorry for the rambling...I think this hub has a strong message.

I vote up, awesome and useful.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

CMerritt,

Thanks for the rambling. Thanks for the visit and the vote.


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Faithful Daughter 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Preach it brother! Amen! May this message start a fire in the pants of every tickled and complacent Christian. We need more preachers like you.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

FD,

Thanks for stopping by. Let the fire begin.


tinamarie9884 5 years ago

I am glad that I stopped by to read your hub. Great job, very well written!!


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks, Tina!


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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York

I am told that I belong to a church that is one of the unique ones. It gives out the gospel at every service, extends the hand of friendship to all, preaches verse by verse through Scripture and is doctrinally pure. But with all of these good qualities, if the preacher is sick only a quarter of the people come, even though good preaching happens. I run into people who blow off church as if it is like not watching a re-run of some show they say they like. Christianity is as you say an entertainment to so many people. It is something you do on Sunday and feel good about it because you know you hear right but it is not something most practice. When Jesus comes back I believe so many in the church will be ashamed at His coming and be caught unawares.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

No body,

There are a few unique ones around--just few and far between. Glad you found one! I do believe there will be a lot of shame at Christ's return. Unfortunately, it will be too late.


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Jisblessed 5 years ago

A very stirring, self check to make sure where I stand as a believer. Thank you for the inspiration and correction.

Laodicea, is here and has to be. But I don't have to be a part of it. God knew this day would be and what would take place in the church. But he has a remnant church as he did in the days of Noah. If only 8 people was saved then, wow! wonder how many will be saved at the last day? The day I look for and now seeing approaching, "when satan has accomplished to scatter the power of the Holy people, then will the end come." And "except He shortens the days, no flesh will be saved." Two churches are in our mist these last days. I try to shun the Big L Laodicea and follow and be apart of the Little P. Church of philidelphia. I agree with your message,and say cry loud and spare not. Show my people their transgressions and the house their sins.

I didn't join the site but I will join in on the national day of fasting and praying. Amen!


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

J,

Thanks for the visit and the comment. Carry on for the Lord!


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A M Werner 5 years ago from West Allis

I too share your frustration. But if we look at how many fell away even as He walked amongst them, its not so unbelieveable. I think of the ten lepers Christ healed and how only one comprehended what had truly happened and returned to thank Him. Few there be that find the way - our frustration as well as His. Peace


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

A M,

You bring out some good points. I'd like to say that's human nature, but that's too easy. We just need to come back where we belong. I certainly have my problems and the flesh gets in the way all too often, but I wonder why God allowed me to see the Truth and yet others refuse to see when the Truth is right before them. All I know is I'm glad He revealed it to me!

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