Are We Still Doing Things Right?

This blog post is based on my personal observations and i would appreciate if you leave a comment as to what you think as well.

I hear a lot of people (including me) talking about the need for the church to expand. The pressure for the church to grow is great and i have been thinking based on my observation if we are going about things the right way.

I feel because of this we are trying to bend towards the way the world wants us to do things to the point where we are willing to do away (a little bit), suspend or change in a way, certain things about our faith just to enable us get people through the doors into the churches.

But before i come into that, i will like to talk about the way we mistake emotions for the move of God. I feel emotions have taken over the church instead of the spirit of God. It’s very sad that we are in a phase where people are unable to differentiate the spirit and move of God from emotions. It’s like the more shouts in a service, the more the Holy Spirit. We leave services every sunday saying i felt the presence of God. However people’s lives aren’t changing.

I believe that the Holy Spirit is not an emotion. He is a person. Everywhere He showed up in the scripture, He did something. I strongly believe that there is no way someone can remain the same after having an encounter with the Holy Spirit.

So, have we replaced the presence of God with emotions in the church? I will leave this for now.

Back to what i was talking about before. The new trend is giving enough time for everything else except the word of God. Churches are pumping money into the music ministry, drama, dance and other things just to attract people and make everyone feel good. So people go to church, dance and shake their bodies and leave empty.

I am not saying God cannot move through these mediums. He sure can and He does. However, if after the touch, people don’t know the word, they will easily be deceived and they will find themselves going back to their old ways of life.

There is power in the word of God. We cannot reduce the time for the teaching of the word just to entertain other things that will benefit our flesh.

The intention of anything done in the church should be to glorify God. It shouldn’t be to serve as a bait to bring people into the church.

I have also been thinking of the idea of sharing Christ with others without referring to the name of Jesus in the conversation just so we don’t put people off. My issue with this is that there is no name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12). What i see happening these days is seeing christians trying to use every means possible they can except including the name Jesus. And then we wonder why this method isn’t working. I believe Jesus is the active agent in this process and if we take Him off the equation, we achieve nothing.

Christian youth groups are almost like christian fun groups now because people would rather talk about other things as supposed to teaching young people about developing a strong intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. In fact if you run a youth group, you will understand the pressure to make things fun. Sometimes if you mention Jesus, you get the feeling of ‘oh we don’t need to talk about that’.

I run a christian girls group and this month i decided to talk about the Holy Spirit. For some weird reasons, i felt the topic sounded too deep and that i needed to phrase it in a different way so it can attract people. After a couple of days battling with these thoughts i got a conviction. And i remembered that if there is anything needed in this world, it’s for the world to know about God. But how will they know about this name when He is taken out of our sentences. I asked God for forgiveness and repented of it.

This is the reality of the church at the moment. It’s almost like we are a little bit ashamed to mention the name of Jesus just so we don’t come across as overly religious. There is still a tiny bit of us that seeks to be accepted by everyone even when Jesus told us that we won’t be because we are not of the world (John 15:19). I believe this isn’t what Paul was referring to in 1 Corinthians 9:22.

All of these have been heavy in my heart of late.

Are we still doing things right?

Let me know if you feel this way and what you think in the comment session below.

Thanks


13 thoughts on “Are We Still Doing Things Right?

  1. Great article! The only thing I would add to the eloquent words in this article is that emotionalism can get in the way of a true move of the Holy Spirit . Our emotions run high in worship to God in Church but if it is not rooted in the Word we can find ourselves being a empty cup in need of a constant refill on Sundays. When we focus on the infilling of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God (that is life) we are constantly being refilled in the Presence of the Most High. Let us seek Him as we worship among the throngs of His people and not seek to be entertained in Church.

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    1. Absolutely. Very well said. I like this “Our emotions run high in worship to God in Church but if it is not rooted in the Word we can find ourselves being a empty cup in need of a constant refill on Sundays.” It’s ok to be emotionally in the place of worship. However it becomes a problem when tears and shouts are immediately identified as signs of the Holy Spirit. I pray our actions truly reflect the state of our hearts in worship.

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  2. They are two doctrines, the true and the false.
    The Word of God, as we understand it, is the true doctrine.
    If the truth is not the goal, then it will be replaced by the lie, and operate the sham.

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    1. “If the truth is not the goal, then it will be replaced by the lie, and operate the sham.” Yes!!!!! Trying to hide Jesus in order to gain crowd only results to a lukewarm congregation

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      1. 8 The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit. Jeremiah 2:8

        21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
        22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
        23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew 7:21-23

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  3. I agree with you Efua. As Christians, despite our belief in Christ are still human beings and we all long to be accepted by others.

    Sox, in order for that to happen, we generally don’t want to sound “religious” to others because I feel the world has twisted the way we as Christians feel about talking about God. That shouldn’t happen.

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    1. Yes! It’s almost like people are being told they can be saved without having a relationship or even knowing who the saviour is. We are advertising heaven to them and rubbing their ego. They are told they can have the fruit of the spirit without knowing who the Holy Spirit is. It shouldn’t be so. Thanks for your comment.

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  4. I understand where you are coming from.
    Sometimes I think Church is a very judgmental and selfish place in which drive people away
    Some people are nosy.
    Church is more concerned with recruiting members than actually teaching the word of God.

    Reality is just because you go to church doesn’t mean your guranteed a place in heaven.
    Nice blog

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    1. “Church is more concerned with recruiting members than actually teaching the word of God.” It’s almost like a game of “who has more congregation?” Praying that we get back on track. Blessings to you!

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