Telltale Signs of a Dying Church

or 

“how to make sure the devil wins. . .”

1. Avoid preaching on offensive subjects, lest the carnal Christian feel uncomfortable. Don’t preach on consecration, prayer, fasting, holy living, seeking God, sacrificial love, determination towards God, purposeful living (or just plain old “avoiding hell,,,”.)

2. Never be clear about the condition of someone’s lifestyle so they feel no consequence of hell. Don’t remind them that scripture says in Galations:

Gal 5:20 ,,,idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousies, wraths, factions, divisions, heresies ,

Gal 5:21 envyings, drunkenness, revellings, and such like; of which I forewarn you, even as I did forewarn you, that they who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

3. Avoid all heat and intensity in your delivery, lest people feel you really believe what you preach. Preach four points and a poem-that’s it. Don’t you dare go outside of the “Norm”. Don’t you dare “upset” the status quo,,.

Make sure, repeatedly, that you allow them to “feed” their flesh-but make to attempt to feed them spiritually. In other words, always MAKE SURE you get them out of church, in time, to make it to McDonalds before the “rush at lunch hour,,,”

4. Make people feel that all men are really good, it is just that some of them believe a little differently than you do. Don’t ever quote them the scripture that says:

Act 4:12 And there is salvation in no other One; for there is no other name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

5. Say so little of hell that people will think that you don’t believe it exists yourself.

6. Make no reference, EVER, to self-denial, taking up your own cross on a daily basis, having to witness, evangelize, having to “believe God”, or having your own personal faith tested and having to go through trials.

If you do any of the these things, your ‘holy living’ just might convict a sinner or two, you might even bring some church members under conviction – and someone might even accuse you of trying to put some spiritual strength into the church !

7. Do not rebuke the worldly tendencies of the church. Be sure to tell the Church that you (a Christian) are NOT supposed to have the answers to the problems of this world. Be sure and tell them that there should never be ANY distinction that sets you apart from the rest of the world. If you do any of this, you might hurt their feelings.

8. Make no appeal to the fears of sinners, but leave them with the definite impression that they have no reason to fear hell. Tell them they “have plenty of time” and should put off their living for Christ until the very last minute. Be sure to tell them they have PLENTY of time to decide! Don’t EVER quote to them:

Luke 13:3, Amplified version. Jesus talking. “I tell you, No; but unless you repent , (TURN FROM SIN AND STOP DOING IT !) you will all likewise perish and be lost eternally.”

9. Preach Jesus Christ as a nice and good-natured being. Don’t tell them that the “next time” he’s not coming as a lamb (in meekness) but the next time he’s coming as the JUDGE, with FIRE and with ALL the Holy Angels. If you tell people his whole “personality” it might actually make people stop and think,,,

10. Don’t train your people to do the work of the ministry. Make them think you’re the only one that can do it. Make them think they can’t witness, lay hands on people and (especially) that they can and should believe God for things their own darn self !

11. Don’t stand against people not bringing others to church. Make them feel that it would be to much of a burden on them and that they themselves are obviously to busy to be able to care for the spiritual condition of their neighbors, friends and relatives.

12. Rely heavily and exclusively on continual advertisement, guest speakers, special functions, car washes, pot lucks and the like. Never rely on, instead , plain old prayer , fasting, persistence, faithfulness and biblical consecration.

 

So they come to you as people do, they sit before you as My
people, and they hear your words,

but they do not do them;
for with their mouth they show (talk) much love,

but their hearts pursue their own gain.”
Ezekiel 33:31