In the new pandemic era, the American Church has seen many doors close and congregations divided. One would think that this would come from a foundation of progressive ideologies that have been infiltrating our churches for the last 50 years or more.
“When you are arguing against God you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all.” – C.S. Lewis
— C. S. Lewis (@CSLewisDaily) November 25, 2021
Our pulpits once rang with the good news of a Holy God and forgiveness to all men through Christ Jesus. Today we are instead bombarded with sermons that point to self-worship, and Preachers more fearful of man and government than that of an eternal and all-powerful God.
Covid-19 is not the problem the church faces but has been used to allow the idolatries in our churches to seep out from the shadows and be born out in the full sight of all.
Megan Basham, from the Daily Wire, has done an excellent job exposing these divisive ideologies that have penetrated even the most conservative churches in her exclusive: Neither Vaccinated Nor Unvaccinated: How Churches Imposing Vaccine Mandates Are Dividing Christians With A ‘Different Gospel.’
Megan Basham @MegBasham : “This isn’t about safety so much as it’s about Christians deeply embedded in the higher ranks of secular culture burdening their fellow believers with man-made standards for Christian fellowship.”https://t.co/tQTrfXT1lO
— Phil Johnson (@Phil_Johnson_) October 26, 2021
No matter the cause the fact remains the same, the American church is dying, if not dead already, and needs a resurrection. But what can churches around this nation do to bring hope and truth back to the people?
What the American Church Needs to Thrive
First, and foremost, the church needs to return to the Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 states that, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Hebrews 4:12 takes it further by saying, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
Man will deceive you.
Truth is found in the Bible. pic.twitter.com/rDbaAb1jI0
— VliegInDieSalf (@in_salf) November 20, 2021
Second, Preachers need to stop fearing the opinions of men and stand firm on the foundation of serving God and God alone. Isaiah 51: 12-16 illustrates just who God is to us and why our fear of other men is laughable in the presence of an almighty God.
“I, even I, am he who comforts you. Who are you that you fear mere mortals, human beings who are but grass, that you forget the LORD your Maker, who stretches out the heavens and who lays the foundations of the earth, that you live in constant terror every day because of the wrath of the oppressor, who is bent on destruction? For where is the wrath of the oppressor? The cowering prisoners will soon be set free; they will not die in their dungeon, nor will they lack bread. For I am the LORD your God, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar- the LORD Almighty is his name. I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand- I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth, and who say to Zion, ‘You are my people.'”
Last on our list is a simple reminder of the Church’s purpose. What is called the Great Commission, the last directive Jesus gave his disciples. Matthew 28: 16-18 reads:
“But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”