There are many lukewarm churches today producing "lukewarm - show Christians." A place where sin has found a comfortable dwelling. If you were to visit such churches, they would take pride in showing you their building and they would boast of their preaching and worship. You would find they have eloquent preachers who boast of their dreams and visions, yet the church is dead; death by spiritual pride and complacency. They love to have guest speakers who are of kindred spirits who come to brag how superspiritual they have found the pastor, and to exhort the congregation to "idolize" their pastor. They boast about their gifts and anointing in order to convince others to follow them, hence; idol worship!
Man then replaces the Holy Spirit and the lukewarm church becomes controlled by religious, deceiving demonic spirits.
Today's church is burdened with egos, greed, pride, selfishness, control and manipulation, haughtiness, and a false sense of "holiness".
One of the problems with church today is that it thinks nothing can be done without money: "If only we had the money, we could look like other churches; we could update our building and/or we could "convert our city, region and world". The church claims money "holds them back".
Most pew dwellers dread the offering because we know what's coming; a guilt-inflicted mini sermon on how we better'd give more if we want to be blessed and rich! I thought being a Christian meant I was blessed and my needs were met "according to God's Riches in Christ Jesus". (Phil. 4:19) No where in this scripture does it say I have to give out of guilt to receive. Yes, I must pay my tithe, otherwise, I will not be blessed, but rather I can become cursed.
So, why do I leave church feeling like I have failed God because I didn't give enough?
So many money-hungry, get rich, greedy preachers try to blame others for the death of the church because of the lack of money.
The Spirit of Lust = Greed = Never Enough = Never Satisfied!
The truth is, the death of the church is because of the lack of the Holy Spirit! The Light and Resource of the church has been replaced by the lust of money. The church has been overtaken by religious spirits. "....a form of godliness, without the power..." II Tim. 3:5
My question is, where are the preachers, worship leaders and saints who have the faith to believe GOD is their source? Where are the saints who believe God will supply all of their needs without begging for it? Why are we not seeing miracles today as the saints before us did?
The world will be convicted by the Spirit of God, not money!!!!! People will be changed when they see God active in YOU!
Sadly, people can belong to "God's" church, and not belong to God! They can go their entire LIFE and never hear the voice of the Holy Spirit!
Even when the church fails, Christ remains! "Behold I stand at the door and knock..." Rev. 3:20
"So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily." Acts 16:5