“A SECULAR WORLD?”

“AND JESUS CAME UP AND SPOKE TO THEM, SAYING, ‘ALL AUTHORITY HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ME IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH. GO THEREFORE AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, TEACHING THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THAT I COMMANDED YOU; AND LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, EVEN TO THE END OF THE AGE.'” MATTHEW 28: 18-20 NIV

READ: 2 TIMOTHY 1: 8-14

BESIDES WRITING THE ‘WEDNESDAY MINUTE’ AND ‘SUNDAY’S SERMON’ DEVOTIONALS, I ASSIST INDIVIDUAL CHURCHES WITH THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD GROWTH. MANY CHURCHES GET WRAPPED UP IN THEIR MEMBERS’ ACTIVITIES AND FORGET THE HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES WITHIN A FEW MILES OF THEIR CHURCH WHO DON’T KNOW THE SAVING GRACE OF JESUS OR OF THOSE WHO ARE SAVED BUT ARE NOT ATTENDING A CHURCH FOR SOME REASON.

LAST FALL, THE MINISTER OF SUCH A CHURCH WANTED HELP IN REACHING OUT TO THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD. THE CHURCH MEMBERS VOTED AGAINST HOLDING A REVIVAL WHICH WOULD HAVE INVITED 6,000 LOCAL RESIDENTS. THEY LIKED THEIR CHURCH THE WAY IT WAS AND DID NOT WANT THEIR CHURCH TO GET ANY BIGGER. THE MAJORITY HAD FORGOTTEN THE SAVING GRACE THEY HAD RECEIVED AND WITH NO CONCERN FOR THEIR NEIGHBORS, TOTALLY IGNORED JESUS’ COMMAND OF THE GREAT COMMISSION TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL.

THIS PAST WEEK, A STORY REPORTED THROUGH THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TELLS US IN THE U.S. THE NUMBER OF CHRISTIANS IS DECLINING. AND THE NUMBER OF AGNOSTICS (THOSE UNSURE OF A GOD) AND ATHEIST (WHO CLAIM NO GOD EXIST) ARE INCREASING. ACCORDING TO THE NEWS REPORT, THE PEW RESEARCH CENTER SURVEY FOUND THOSE CLAIMING TO BE ATHEIST, AGNOSTIC OR OF ‘NO’ RELIGION GREW SINCE 2007 FROM 16% TO 23%. THE GROUP OF THIS NO RELIGION GROUP IDENTIFYING AS AGNOSTIC OR ATHEIST GREW FROM 25% TO 31%. THIS IS ALARMING. DURING THIS SAME TIME, THOSE REPORTING TO BE CHRISTIANS DECLINED FROM 78% TO 71%. THOSE REPORTING TO BE PROTESTANTS DROPPED TO 46.5%. PROTESTANTS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THE MAJORITY REPORTED IN THE SURVEYS OF ALL CHRISTIAN FAITHS. NO CHRISTIAN FAITH REPORTED AN INCREASE IN THE STUDY DURING THIS TIME FRAME.

CHRISTIANS ARE BEING CHALLENGED IN THE COURTS AND PUBLICLY FOR THEIR BELIEF IN THE BIBLE AS GOD’S HOLY WORD. OUR ‘LOOK THE OTHER WAY’ AND ‘IT WON’T HURT ANYTHING’ ATTITUDES OF THE LAST FEW DECADES ARE HURTING US. NOT ONLY WILL CHRISTIANS BE HURT IN THIS TREND, BUT OUR JEWISH GODLY BROTHERS WILL BE MORE SUBJECT TO RELIGIOUS ATTACKS AS WELL IF THIS TREND CONTINUES. UNDERSTAND, THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD WILL NOT STOP IN THEIR AGENDA. THEY DO NOT WANT YOU TO ABLE TO WORSHIP GOD IN ANY FORM.

YOU CAN REVERSE THIS TREND. DON’T BE LIKE THE MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH THAT TURNED ITS BACK ON THE INSTRUCTIONS FROM JESUS, HIMSELF. YOU CAN DO AS GOD TOLD YOU TO DO AND SPREAD THE GOSPEL. INVITE A FRIEND AND NEIGHBOR TO WORSHIP WITH YOU. TAKE THEM TO CHURCH. PRAY WITH THEM. INTRODUCE THEM TO CHRIST, HE IS THEIR SAVIOR AS WELL.

SHARE YOUR FAITH. DON’T HIDE IT. DO AS GOD TOLD YOU TO DO. IT IS THAT SIMPLE!

TODAY’S PRAYER: “LORD GOD, FORGIVE ME FOR NOT DOING AS YOU TOLD ME TO DO. I KNOW WORSHIPING YOU IS ONLY PART OF WHAT I AM TO DO. TODAY, I WILL MAKE A BETTER EFFORT TO SPREAD YOUR WORD. THERE IS A BATTLE ON THIS EARTH AND I AM IN YOUR ARMY. AMEN.”