How many hours, days, weeks, years have we spent in our community going house to house and street witnessing, so as to get the feel of the people? Not to boast, but this author has well over 20 years of doing that. Here is what I have found.
Generally speaking, people are angry; they are scared; they are hurt and confused. Why?
- Life is just one painful, distressing smack in the face after another
- They know (a) life is short, (b) you grow old, (c) you acquire many ailments and injuries along the way, and then (d) you die.
- They know that if there is a God, who has allowed 6,000 plus years of such wickedness and suffering, He could be neither wise, just, nor loving.
- They know of the hypocrisy of Christianity, the scandals within Christianity
- Many are living without knowledge, wisdom, or understanding.
EVANGELISM (All Christian are expected to evangelize)
WHY could NO modern day Christian church NOT BE ABLE to go out into their community and find disciples for Christ?
- Most Christians today are biblically illiterate and cannot defend nor teach the Bible
- Within that church of 250, they all have different views of the Bible doctrines
- Most struggle to explain even the most basic Bible doctrines
- Thus, there is no effective evangelism in the community
- They are willing to send an 18-year-old girl on a missionary trip to an Islamic country, but none will go out into their communities to evangelize
- How many churches have an effective evangelism program, where they train every member to go into the community and make disciples?
- How many Christians study the Bible 30-60 minutes every day, seven days a week?
- How many Christians ALSO prepare for every Christian meeting?
- How many Christian families sit down twice a week to have a family Bible study (even if there is no husband)?
- How many Christians attend every Christian meeting, seldom ever missing?
- How many Christians participate in Christian meetings when that is the forum (i.e., Bible study group)?
- How many Christians share what they have learned in their personal Bible study with Christian friends and family, so as to retain it better, and become a more effective communicator?
- How many churches believe that if they act like the world, they will win the younger crowd back (i.e., Christian Rock and heavy metal bands)?
CHRISTIAN MORALS AND ETHICS
- How many churches have females that come to church in dresses that are very revealing?
- How many churches have teenagers that talk during service or are on their cell phone most of the time?
- How many churches have members that are one way at the church but another way outside of the church?
- How many churches baptize new ones into the church while they are still living in sin?
- How many church members are nine parts world and one part Christian?
- How many churches use 6th – 7th-grade level Bible study booklets for adult Christians that have been in the faith for years, if not decades?
- How many churches let Christians give unbiblical answers during Bible study classes, never offering correction (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
- How many churches invest much of their resources into social issues rather than making disciples?
- How many church members are more involved in politics and are totally dependent on America saving the day than Christ returning as the King?
- How many churches are social clubs and not really churches at all?
- How many churches get their fix of feeling good about themselves by providing for the poor, which we will always have, but fail to offer them the good news that leads to life?
Luke 18:8 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
8 I tell you that he will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find the faith on the earth?”
 Or find this faith
There are 41,000 different Christian denominations, and all are supposedly the truth and the way. However, all are doctrinally different, all members of the same denomination are doctrinally different, and most are independent and accountable to no one but themselves.
Every one of the above problems can be solved. Church members will do what the pastor expects. If he has low expectations, he will get little results. If he has high expectations, he will get a much in return. Just as a person who is not receptive to Bible truth can be set aside (because to waste time on such a person takes away from ones with receptive hearts), similarly, church members that do not wish to be a part of working for Christ are quite welcome to leave. We should not try to be people pleasers, but rather to be found pleasing in the eyes of God. Jesus is not coming back for everyone that claims to be a Christian. Remember, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14) Jesus is only expecting a few out of the hundreds of millions that claim to be a Christian.
Oh yes, On that day many will say to Jesus, ‘Lord, Lord, did have a food kitchen in your name, and send missionaries in your name, and do many mighty social justice works in your name?’ However, Jesus will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Well, who receives eternal life then? “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 7:21-23) The apostle John spoke similarly.
1 John 2:15-17 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and its lusts; but the one who does the will of God remains forever.
Thus, the prudent question is, “what is the will of the Father?”