Thursday, March 10, 2016
Statistics show that 40 years ago 80% of Americans attended a worship service. 20 years ago that number was down to 40%. Today? It's a mere 20%. By 2050, only 10% of American will attend church. What does this tell us? Something has to change in our churches. What we've done for the last 50 years isn't working. The church, as a whole, is dead! Living things reproduce. Dead thing are ... well, they're just dead!
The funny thing is people absolutely hate change. I mean regardless of how lifeless and fruitless their way of doing things is ... their way is still the BEST! A pastor friend of mine has 6 people attending his church. He preached about vision and change Sunday night. The two people that weren't his family resisted his preaching. They want to continue doing what they've always done. It's insanity.
For most people, to change is to compromise. But what is compromise? It is to accept standards that are "lower" than is desirable. The question is whose standard are we compromising? God's or our dead church's? The Bible's or our family's? What are we compromising? The law of the Lord or the traditions of men? I believe men are compromising the Word of God to preserve their 60 years old traditions! Jesus dealt with these same people:
Mr 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
Compromise is simply not doing what you know is right. For many, change is compromise. For me, to NOT change is compromise. Why? Because I know that to the do the same thing over and over and expect a different outcome is insanity. I must reach the least, the last, and the lost and what we've been doing for 50 years isn't reaching them.
I WILL NOT COMPROMISE GOD'S WORD. My city needs it! My city needs DELIVERANCE from SIN! MY city needs the LOVE and HOLINESS of GOD! We will preach the unadulterated Word of Christ, but every TRADITION, MODE, METHOD, MEANS, AND MODEL are suspect.
Revival Tabernacle must win our city to Jesus. If we must change our approach, then so be it. If we lose friends, so be it. Hypocrites have plenty of churches they can attend. The outcasts? Not so much! Revival Tabernacle will be a salvation station! A disciple maker! A kingdom builder!
To not change out of fear of having my reputation tainted would be the worst form of compromise. I've got to stand before God one day! It's better to obey God then men.
REVIVAL TABERNACLE WILL BE CHRIST'S CHURCH!