“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments” (Psalm 133:1, 2).
There is a crying and an urgent need for the Church to realize how far it has strayed from the will of God, and return to God and do its first works! Jesus warned the church of Ephesus in the book of Revelation, “I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember, therefore where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place – unless you repent.”
The Church today is not “earnestly striving for the faith that was once delivered to the saints.” The church has become a social gathering place to hear and exchange the latest gossip. The Church today has become a fashion statement, where members come to show off their expensive clothes. The Church has become a congregation of big I’s and little u’s. Whatever happened to the church of the apostolic era where the believers had everything in common. Everyone shared what they had?
Pastoring in most churches of today has become a business rather than a calling. People are actually entering into the ministry to make money, not because God has called them to feed and care for His sheep.
Churches of today are no longer concerned for the poor, the orphans, and the widows. They are preoccupied with enriching themselves at the expense of those less unfortunate. In fact, many of the so-called mega churches are even preaching that poverty is a curse! WHAT NONSENSE! How can poverty be a curse when Jesus Himself said, “The poor will always be with you.” Both the Old and New Testaments strongly urged people to give to and assist the poor and needy.
There is just as much gossip, lies, deceit, backbiting, sexual immorality, adultery and scandal in the church as there is in the world, if not more so. The church of today has only a form of godliness. Jesus said, “These people draw near to Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.” It is no wonder that sinners are not being saved. They can plainly see what is happening in the churches, and rightly conclude, “Why should I get saved? The church members are doing the same things, commiting the very same sins as I am.”
The true Church is one that is set apart from the world, both in word and deed. Sinners should look at a born again person, and say, “I want to be like him or her. The church must let the mind that was in Christ Jesus be in it also.