Today's Church a Morning Mist
Enervation is a most fitting word to describing Satan’s wiles (Eph. 6:11). Its definition is, “to weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of” and is a fitting description of the America’s churches. Since the reformation the attack has been very subtle and effective he has subtly weaken our spiritual zeal and our faith. Evidence of this can be seen in
Scientific relativism: what truth there is must be found in the material.
Psychology: human means instead of divine means of problem solving
Bible skepticism: growing scholarly works that has caused divisions and watering down of faith.
Relativism (points of view have no absolute truth or validity) is setting the Stage for the Great Apostasy believing a lie (2 Thessalonians 2:11). This tactic has caused a complacency a spiritual laziness. The Lord states in Revelation 3:14-17
“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; these things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked”
Jesus states that this church’s age characteristic is a spiritual laziness Jesus hits us were it hurts, our works, not giving any validity for our accomplishments our “Works”,
“Neither hot nor cold”
We are complacent and further more, we know not that we are,
“Knowest not that thou art wretched”.
This spiritual laziness is the result of a relatively easy life and material prosperity, a self-satisfaction.
“thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing”
It is an internal belief of doing their deed on the own,
“Have need of nothing”.
How has this complacency affected us? This self-satisfaction of the Church has produced a general approach to Christianity so neutral, so lukewarm, that it has hindered a wholehearted embrace of the faith. Churches that focus on entertainment, easy listening Christianity for everybody has opened the door to a stumbling block of truth (Gal.5: 11) and are symptoms of this lukewarm trend. These things can be used in our ministries provided we do so in a sanctified way but when we rely on the things of this world instead of our Lord we diminish and undermine our faith.
What truly is sad is the diminishing of the study of the Word of God and prayer. Ignoring this denies the great potential of a close relationship with our Lord, without this relationship we can do nothing, and our spiritual life suffers along with our individual ministries to which we are called (Ephesians 4:1). How do we stop justifying this approach to ourselves and begin striving for true discipleship? How do we get from under this luke warmness, the "Christian activities" (works) which we may find fun, interesting and entertaining but are distractions from the hard work we know in heart which constitutes true spirituality and growth?
We begin with prayer and God’s Word. Jesus prayed in John 17:17
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth”
Begin here, get into God’s Word and wait. He has a work for you (Ephesians 4:1)
“beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called”
Seek others who have the same passion for the word and prayer. Acts 17:11.
“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so”
For those who really and truly believe the truth, the truth will influence everything in your life, and apart from such belief in the truth, there can be no true enthusiasm and zeal.
In general the Church of today ignites temporary, short-lived enthusiasm that is worked up by a variety of means such as pep-talks, inspirational music, the newest Christian fad but such zeal diminishes like the morning mist. Just as soon as the stimulus that ignited the zeal is removed, the zeal is gone. If you are in such a church you may have to leave that community and begin meeting and seeking other likeminded Christians. As you meet together and pray for each other and study God’s word together you will become closer to Him and each other developing a singleness of heart. Ephesians 6:5-7
Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men
Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as men pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: Colossians
As you meet together sanctifying yourselves, seeking and servicing others with a singleness of heart, God will build His Church.
And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16: 18
The church is not a building or a non-profit organization doing “good works” it is the Ecclesia, we are the church where ever we may be.