Is a “spiritless boredom” the norm for church?

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Here are some powerful quotes from The Coming World Revival by Robert E. Coleman:

“God’s people everywhere increasingly yearn for something more in the life of the church. We go through the motions of religion, but there is no power. For many the thrill of personal devotion is gone. The joy of the Lord has leaked out; there is no spring in our step, no shout in our soul. A spiritless boredom is the norm.”

“The distinction between clergy and laity dose not appear in the New Testament at all. Moreover, the word minister may be applied to anyone who ministers, regardless of the secular mode of employment.”

Coleman quotes Leighton Ford: “A church which bottlenecks its outreach by depending upon its specialists–its pastors or evangelists to do its witnessing–is living in violation of both the intention of its Head and the consistent pattern of the early Christians.”

“Programs, techniques, campaigns, and the like are utterly useless unless the people who work the schemes are under the control of the Holy Spirit.”

“Are we completely open to the Spirit’s direction?”

“Half-hearted, weak-kneed, compromising obedience will never challenge a sleeping church to rise up .”

“Someone must show the love of God bursting forth in redemptive concern for the world; the beauty of holiness must be incarnated in human personality. People respond to a demonstration of revival, not an explanation. You be that person!”

If you would like to learn how to have a demonstration of revival, not an explanation, check out my book Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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