The Future of the Church

The future of the Church, which has such a dynamic and vastly rich heritage, has been saturating my mind recently. Pondering deeply and seeking answers to what could be down the road of such richness and complete dedication of people. I must admit this containment of thought has imprisoned me; yet, I was comfortable with each moment. Loving the Church the way I do does not give me a voice any louder than many others, but the concerns that I have to inform you as many that will read this blog. What will the Church look like in the next ten to twenty years? I am very burdened and on the other hand very hopeful that the young ministers of this generation will be able to adapt to the changes in this society. Society, which has begun to and yet, has always been searching for a way to control the Church’s values and morals. The values presented in the Bible along with morals adhered to by scriptural doctrine are constantly under assault. As Sound as it is, Doctrine has proven itself over and over again against the wind of critics. Those that are always looking for a more commonsensical answer to the miraculous. Never do they believe that what the Bible declares through the writers and the speakers is a truth that should be lived and loved. The ministers of this generation that are young and have successful ministries throughout America certainly have to be ready with a praying heart and a wise mind. They will have to handle what is scurrying in the lanes of the Church with patience and scriptural based decisions. Everyone must be aware of the rapid growth of violence, which is becoming more and more horrific in this generation. The immoral attractiveness of sexual identity is becoming an accepted lifestyle, and in some churches, they are invited to be on staff. Hollywood along with the media, using e-Media avenues, has promoted violence as an entertainment brought about in sitcoms. Reality shows improperly using the moral standards of this era and pushing further into a darkness of lust. Truly this generation is the turning point of which way the church will go. Moving into liberalism as we have never witnessed before! Embracing sinful life as it is a shoe that fits. Trying also to Scripture to tie the lace of those shoes of liberalism, along with lies. Polishing the shoes so they would shine with the brightness of mottled humanism. Yes, I could very easily look into the Book of Revelation and see the words given to the Seven Churches. The combination of those churches could be the culmination of where we are heading now at full speed. Again, let me say with great burden and hope, I am praying for these young and very talented pastors, teachers and such, that they will not falter in the scripture but stand for the Truth of God with great enthusiasm and doctrinal soundness. I am afraid, if not horrified, at what could happen if they do not stop and learn how to covenant with God on these matters of immorality. In the matters of knowledge, all should know that times are upon us that bring confusion and wonder all at the same instance. The recent acceptance of sin with a bandage of grace wrapped around it makes the Word look as though its existence is historical but not present in purity and legitimacy. “Grace” is a pertinent part of salvation and given to us by the Lord. However, it is not a bandage to keep the sores of sin from reaching out and infecting others. There is a grip on grace, and that grip is God’s hand itself.  This grip of grace is always reminding of the holiness and magnitude of His promises. It not so much that we can say we know, yes we are aware, but it takes us to that confession of faith, which acknowledges Him as Holy and Righteous. This example of His love to us absolutely must be shown to all humanity! At what cost should this be? Certainly not at the expense of cheapening Calvary’s showing of the Son of God, Jesus, giving up His sinless life for humanity so they could continue in their sin! There must be a boundary set, and that is around the Mercy Seat of God. Remembering always to pursue His mercy and grace with the hope that resistance to salvation or modified by cheap “grace” causing the loss of a soul is not possible. Can these ministers of today’s generation be able to take their calling into what has already begun? I desire so much that the answer by “Yes” and “Amen.” Never surrender to anything but the Word of God. So many men and women of God, translated into the Kingdom of His Son, have trodden down the road to make a highway that they could quickly follow. Take time and stop to learn how to minister in power and love to this generation of people whom only want to be understood. Teach them how to walk in the Word and with the Word. Sharing with the witness of holiness and the mannerism of a believer that will walk the paths of righteousness for His namesake. 1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. Remember prayer moves the hand of God.

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