Allow me to begin by saying, if the shoe fits…wear it.
Now please don’t email me about how wrong I am for pointing out the obvious; the glaringly obvious even. Please don’t tell me how harsh I am, or how your pastor is a great man of God, or how your church is the best thing since sliced bread. If you attend a church with a real pastor, you are truly one of the lucky ones. But the odds are, your pastor isn’t all that great. He has just convinced you that he is.
I get around. I visit a lot of churches. I know of that which I speak. When I leave a service, it is not unusual for me to look at my wife and ask her how the people can sit in that place week after week and listen to the bilge.
Oh yeah, your pastor is a good one just like your congressman is a good one. Everyone hates Congress, but they love their congressman. Nearly 90% of them get re-elected. It’s that Democrat congressman that’s the bad one. Your guy is a good conservative.
Compared to what? Compared to whom? If your congressman is so good, why is our nation in such a mess? If your pastor is so good, why is America in such a mess? People love to blame the politicians.
I blame the pastors. Recent studies show 90% are derelict in their duty.
Politicians ride the wave that culture creates. The church used to be the tide upon which the politicians surfed. Politicians want to get elected. They ride whatever wave is breaking. The pulpits have gone soft. There is no “God wave” to trouble the waters of political correctness.
Churches have become impotent because the pulpits have turned soft. Everyone wants to model Joel Osteen and Rick Warren. Those dudes aren’t pastors; they’re book merchants. Congregations around this country have traded the Bible for the “self-help, purpose-driven, best-life-now” doctrine of demons currently flooding our churches. The people in the pew can no longer recognize the truth for themselves. They need a shepherd to lead them to truth.
Jesus told us that He is the Good Shepherd, and that His Word is the guide. Warren and Osteen are blind guides, and America has fallen into the ditch.
Here is a Litmus Test for your church. This is merely the first qualifying factor. If you don’t answer yes to this question, then you can bet that yours is a church that I am referring to. Here’s the question:
Is carrying the Bible to church and actually opening it a requirement at the church where you attend? Some of the more progressive churches are kind enough to put the words on the big screen for you, saving you the embarrassment of having to find Malachi on your own.
Politicians get elected by saying what the people want to hear. Pastors build churches by teaching what the people want to hear. There’s no difference. Politicians and pastors both tend to be man-pleasers.
The prophets prophesy falsely and the priests bear rule by their own power; and the people love to have it so…Jeremiah 5:31.
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