In the world but not of it

August 14, 2010

Spiritually useless…

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Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves…Romans 12:3

It is possible to be homiletically brilliant, verbally fluent, theologically profound, biblically orthodox, and spiritually useless. —G. Campbell Morgan

Recently I had a healthy debate with a close friend on the state of the church as it is viewed by those outside the US. The conversation was not about the US itself but rather the fact that the US is viewed as the largest Christian nation on earth and therefore when people discuss the body of Christ and it’s condition as a whole they sometimes associate the US as the example of it.

But we know that the condition of the church in America is not too dissimilar from other countries. The point was that although there is much good being done, we are seeing a significant increase in the level of complacency, apathy and even arrogance amongst Christians and even those in leadership positions.

We are reaching a critical crossroad where the lines of being consecrated for Christ vs. compromising for the world are coming together rather quickly. This is not a call to arms type of message, although in many ways it needs to be, but rather a warning to recognize that we can all be at risk of the very things we point out in others.

As the Apostle Paul wrote, taking an honest evaluation of ourselves is required and it is required often so that we may remain in a place of service and use for our Lord.

Morgan’s quote is an awakening to the reality that even those that we may hold up as pillars of the faith are more so at risk and that we need to be praying for them.

There is a lack of true repentance in the church today, a lack of true humility and a lack of true acknowledgement of Christ. Notice what Moses wrote in Deuteronomy 29:29 (see emphasis in bold)

“The LORD our God has secrets known to no one. We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that he has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions”.

Obedience is better than sacrifice…

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