Someone said: “The church is like Noah’s Ark. Had it not been for the floodwaters outside, who could have stood the stench inside!” Boz Tchividjian, Billy Graham’s grandson, made a shocking statement when he was the lawyer for one of the victims during the Hillsong Church moral collapse: “The higher you go in church leadership the less likely you are to encounter Jesus.”
People who promote church as a religious format to be controlled by a pastor are assumed to be correct, while people who advocate the body of Christ gathering to be directly led by the Spirit (the risen Jesus) are too often labeled rebels. Perhaps it’s time to move beyond denial–to search the Scriptures in order to discover the “stench” in church and air it out with the fresh wind of the Holy Spirit.
The Protestant Reformers tried to do that, and they are praised today Let’s appreciate the people with the courage to challenge church today. Let’s “sola Scripture” again and meet together according to 1 Corinthians 14:26 so that we can actively do the New Testament 50+ one anothers when we gather in Jesus’ name.
The condition of church in the modern world causes me to search the Scriptures and use them to “unchurch.” I want to meet with brothers and sisters and be led by the Spirit, and not to be led by programs, organizations, human control, pride, tradition, curriculum, celebrity pastors, etc.
1 John 2:15 states: “Do not love the world (meaning the spirit and systems of the world) or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” When there’s love for worldliness in the church, the church is way off track. A true assembly of believers avoids worldliness!