Generally speaking, the messages we hear preached in the church today have a notable absence of some pertinent words, concepts and realities that are very prevalent in the Word and were very prevalent in the church of old.

What ever happened to:

Calling sin what it is…….sin!

Seeing sin as what it is……. a grave, despicable, detestable and dangerous thing that God abhors

Godly sorrow……the sorrow which brings repentance, not just a few moments of feeling sorry, badly or grieved but no core desire for true change

Repentance….a turning, a turning from sin and turning to God…….a changing of one’s mind resulting in by God’s grace, a changing of one’s actions

Separation from the world…..being distinct and different from the world, not being conformed to the ways of the world, being in the world but not of the world

Self-denial….not my will but God’s will….”no” to self, “yes” to God, humble submission to God

Taking up your cross and following after Christ……a call to do whatever is necessary for absolute surrender to Christ and His way of being and doing, the pre-requisite being self-denial

Christ as Lord…..as Supreme Ruler and Controller of our lives, the One to whom we submit and defer, not just as Savior, or as some see it, fire insurance or a ticket out of hell

Sanctification……the process of being set apart and separated unto God for His holy use and embracing the continual work of the Holy Spirit on the inside to conform us to the image of God’s Son

Holiness….without which no man shall see the Lord

Being disciples…..being pupils of Christ, learning from and following after Him…….can we make disciples if we don’t want to be disciples ourselves?

Reverential fear of God….awe, respect, recognition of His severity, justice and judgment, not just His goodness, mercy and grace

God’s judgment….that we all will have to stand before Him as the Righteous Judge and give an account for what we do in this life, whether at the Judgment seat of Christ or the Great White Throne Judgement

Hell….a place of eternal damnation, suffering, torment, punishment, fire, weeping, wailing, gnashing of teeth and separation from God


Could the increased scarcity of these words, concepts and realities in the church at large be one of the reasons why it seems more palatable but less powerful?




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2 thoughts on “WHATEVER HAPPENED TO…………..

  1. This is great, Kim, just what I needed to read. I’m sorry it’s been so long since I’ve read your blog. This has been a crazy busy semester for me and my blog reading has really dropped off. In any case, I believe that God is really using you through your blog. Keep up the great work! 🙂

  2. Hey David…thank you and I’m happy that it “hit the spot”….:) Although I accept your apology, there’s really no need to apologize…..I totally understand the difficulty you’re having keeping up with your blog reading; I’ve been in the same boat. Life gets so busy sometimes that you simply have to re-prioritize and temporarily place some things on hold until a more feasible time…like blog reading….lol…I appreciate your encouragement as always…thank you….hope your crazy busy semester yields some carzy good results…..:)..peace & blessings, Kim

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