Monday, April 7, 2008

Where have I been? And today's churches...

I haven't written since mid-January. I really haven't had much to say lately. Busy taking it all in I guess. Today I have some things on my heart. I'm sad. Very sad. At the state of our churches today.

Where did it all go? I'm talking about talking about the Kingdom of God and the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Why don't churches talk about it anymore?

When you read the apostles in the bible that's pretty much all they talk about. They were so excited about Jesus coming back. After all they knew Him in person and they loved Him and they couldn't wait to see Him again. Even the early church fathers taught that Jesus could come back anytime and that we as Christians needed to be ready.

Seems we have lost that these days. Churches now talk about how to handle finances, how to have a good marriage, how to be a good parent, etc. There is little or no talk about getting ready to face the coming tribulation and how to hold out until the end. The end is when Jesus comes back. Maybe our church leaders don't really believe that it's going to happen and that's why they don't teach it? Maybe they are too wrapped up in getting more people in the seats to pay for their buildings? I don't know. I really don't.

I really don't understand it either. The bible says that pastors and teachers will be held to a higher accountability than the average person. Why? Because they are responsible in part, for their flocks. So you would think that they would feel an added burden to make sure their flock was totally prepared to go through tribulation.

So I can only conclude that either (a) pastors don't really believe the bible or (b) they really don't think these things are going to happen in our lifetime so it doesn't really matter right now.

I don't know what else to think. I believe God says what He means and He means what He says. When He says we must endure to the end I believe Him. When He says that if I read the book of Revelation I will be blessed I believe Him. I believe that by reading it, and the rest of His word, that I will be prepared to endure to the end. Whether that means making it all the way to Christs return at the end of tribulation or a martyrs death, I will endure for Christ. No matter what.

Are you ready?


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