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10/22/11 at 08:16 AM 0 Comments

Proliferation of Churches, Crime and Tares

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The question is often asked " why is the proliferation of houses of worship not always having expected impact on reduced crime"  and there is concern about ethics even amongst ministry workers.  Even if we assume the statistics to be correct and ignore the possibility to inflate church misdemeanour or to exaggerate and misrepresent the trials of saints compared with others. Even if the press are fair in their assessments noting that intelligentsia are a natural bastion of secularism and free expression ... and always finding positions of the faithful too narrow-minded and self-righteous.  Even so - one can at least admit the lack of the benefit of knowing how societies would have fared without the spread of the gospel.  A more worrisome concern than criticism is the market-oriented godless ministry without the power and savour to be the salt of the earth to reverse its deterioration and on the other side of the spectrum - the well meaning zeal of many who douse smouldering flames that will one day blaze for God.

Pastor Adeboye, with a vision of a church in every cluster or neighbourhood in a nation battling corruption and goliaths of decay, who heads RCCG Churches worldwide once said...”Number one, you can take a horse to the river, you cannot force it to drink. Two, you can put a stone right inside the river, after 10 years if you bring that stone out and break it into two, the inside will still be dry. Thirdly, What the Lord asked us to do, is to go and preach to all the nations.  He didn't say we will save them.  We present the Saviour Jesus to all who will listen but we are not the Saviour, nor can we know what God does not reveal. Our duty is to tell the good news. After we have done the preaching, the rest is up to the people, whether they accept what we have preached or they reject it. Concerning proliferation of churches - admittedly not all churches belong to Christ. There are churches (openly and disguised) of Satan and some established to enrich the leaders as well as many evil workers. That should not discourage us from spreading the gospel by establishing even more churches - giving people no excuse for saying on the day of the Lord  'I remain what I am because nobody told me'.  Consider another perspective - suppose there are not as many people today telling others about Christ, the problems we are witnessing would have been child's play compared to what would have been if not for the restraining work of the Spirit of God through His labourers on the field.  

In the past, things were wonderful, glorious; that's what people have been saying. What many do not appreciate is that, as population multiplies and societies advance, new exposures/unfiltered access to the minds (especially with ubiquitous technology) cause a natural deterioration that must be resisted with the “salt” of the gospel. Anything left on its own deteriorates and in the modern present times even faster.  You say let us stop proliferating churches, let's just leave everybody and hope that all will be well, hmmmm !”

2 Timothy 4[14] Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: [15] Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.[16] At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.

Matthew 13[27]  So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? [28]  He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? [29]  But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. [30]  Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

"To find honest people today is very difficult. It is increasingly more difficult to see Christians who speak the truth and stand for it. Even though one of the titles of our Lord and Savior is The Truth, many who claim to follow Him are living in lies. A lying pastor, minister or worker cannot show forth the light of Christ. A leader who lives in secret sin has no light to show to the world. Many lights of the world have lost the shine in them hence, they can only reflect darkness. Where is your light?" Pastor Adeboye

Soldier of the cross, be encouraged, we are not called to accolades yet but to fight the good fight of faith.  One day, the tares will be separated from the wheat. The stranger and the critic must do a good job for their master and we must excel in serving our Lord.

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