RVI: All right Renee, let's take a look at some of the things happening here. First of all from an article in World Magazine: I see in the United States all the huge facilities, parking lots, materials and resources you have, and I don't see a revival in the church. This comes from Billy Kim who has a 15,000 member Baptist Church in Korea. And “The B'Jazz Vespers salutes Benny Goodman.” This was in one of the Baptist Churches here in the United States. They had a very short sermon, but they had good entertainment.
JVI: That's what's wrong with our churches.
RVI: Yes, and here is a quote from John MacArthur in The Baptist Press: “ The Gospel message must include truth about sin and not seeker-sensitive strategies” He goes on to say that we need to be speaking out in our churches. And this quote by Ken Woodward of Newsweek: “Mega-churches party-like atmosphere takes the holiness and spirituality out of Sunday services, it tends to be a guilt-free, sin-free environment.” And here is a quote from Dr. Charles Swindol: “Our churches are filled with people who could win Bible contests, unfortunately, too few of them understand the difference between knowing about God and knowing God.” I want to confess something friends, I was a church member before I knew God. That can happen Jack, in the church.
JVI: Definitely, Rexella. “They profess that they know God but in works they deny Him” Titus 1:16. But Rexella, I am tired of these churches and ministers who are spineless. They dont have enough backbone to take a chiropractic adjustment. They wont preach out on sin. They give them all of the fun they want, jazz concerts and all of the rest. Listen to me. God says you cannot live a life of sin and meet him on the other side just because you know the language. This people honor me with their lips but their heart is far from me, Mark 7:6 God wants a holy people. I Peter 1:16, Be you holy, for I am holy. I Thessalonians 4:7, God hath not called us unto uncleanness but unto holiness. Hebrews 12:14, Without holiness, no man [no man] shall see the Lord. Now, you can know all the language, but if youre life is not changed, you dont have it. You may have walked an aisle and had a religious exercise rather than an experience. Some of you are unconverted converts. What happens when you really know the lord? You are raised to newness of life, Romans 6:4. II Corinthians 5:17, If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation, old things are passed away. Behold, all things are become new.” I John 5:4, Whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world. And what is the world “The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, I John 2:15-17. Oh, I could go on and on. You are no longer are what you were when you got saved. For you were sometimes the children of darkness, now you are a light unto the Lord, Ephesians 5:8. Paul says, I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who hath enabled me for they counted me faithful who was before a blasphemer, persecutor, and injurious, but I have obtained mercy. Hey if you still are what you were, you isn't. Thats bad grammar, but its good theology. You need an old dose of repentance, Acts 2:38 and turning to the Lord Jesus Christ and getting the sin out of your life which He will forgive and forget if you come to Him.