He is risen! Hallelujah! In reading the letter of Jesus Christ to Sardis (Rev 3:1) , I came across this:
"I see right through your work. You have a reputation for vigor and zest, but you're dead, stone-dead!"
The meaning for us today is clear! Even though some of these massive "Community Churches" may have a large youth groups and a growing fellowship, too often they do so by making compromises with the society at large! They do so to avoid condemnation and persecution! In other words, by turning their back on the Gospel! they tend towards the feel good fast food spirituality to "help people with their lives...God wants you to buy your wife some new lingerie! Lets all hold hands and be at one with nature and sing Kumbayah"!
What else can you call the ordination of practicing homosexuals as Bishops (or even women, some would say) and remain silent on abortion anything but compromises with secular society for the sake of popularity? Or rewriting Scripture to delete the miracles and changing God the Father to "Mother Nature"?
Certainly the church in Sardis avoided persecution as do these massive Community Churches! Satan figured that things were progressing nicely enough he didn't have to bother!
I went to a funeral at one of these churches one time. And over the lectern was the sun disk of the Egyptian god Ra, complete with the emanating winged rays that encompassed the entire worship space! No Gospel here!
I can't help but think that the Islamics who strive to burn down Western Civilization a warning to change our ways. Prior to the destruction of the Temple in 586 BC, the Israelites considered themselves "bullet-proof" owing to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Joseph residing in the Holy of Holies. They ignored the prophets who warned the Israelites this wasn't true! To no avail!
Today, as Islam encroaches on our society, our society ignores the threat as did the Israelites the Assyrian threat. The secular belief assumes that since America won its war in 1945 it will remain invincible forever! This cannot be true!
One can only think that if our society is set ablaze, it will serve to burn away the dross of secularism, leaving the purified gold and silver of the Christianity that is the true foundation of our civilization.
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