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.