WHATEVER HAPPENED TO………..
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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