Is Our Worship in Vain

When prayer was removed from schools on June 25, 1962, the moral climate in America began to decline and has gone downhill ever since. In this short period of time sin in our nation has increase dramatically and the statistics are dreadfully staggering. There are millions of Christians in the United States, but according to the moral climate no one would ever know it.

Much of the responsibility for the condition of the Church largely falls on the leadership in the body of Christ. They are to set the example for others to follow, in both in word and action, and are to instruct believers in the ways of the Lord. These leaders are to make disciples of men and women, who then make disciples of men and women, who then make disciples, etc; this should continue on generation after generation (2 Tim.2:2). Their job is not to ‘fill the church (building)’ to pay the bills, their job is to make disciples, who can make then disciples. Too often the leadership in the church are too afraid to rock the boat and bring correction to the moral climate, for fear their congregation will leave and go to the "church" down the road with watered down message.

God’s Word and moral standard of righteousness and law of love has not changed. However, sin in the body of Christ is widespread, not even to mention the world at large. Many professing Christians lie on a daily basis and do not see this sin as a big deal. However, God’s Word says, that lying breaks His commandments, His law of love, any form of sin is still sin (James 2:10-11). Those who practice breaking His commandments will not inherit the kingdom of God, but will be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord(1 Cor. 6:9-10; Gal. 5:19-21; Eph. 5:5-6; Col. 4:-6; 2 Thess. 1:8-9). The Word of God tells us in Revelation 22:13-15,

"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last." Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star." -Revelation 22:13-15

According to LifeWay Research, 7 in 10 or 70% women who have had an abortion indicate their religious preference is Christian; 33% identify are Baptist, while another 31% indicated they are affiliated with Methodist 11%, Presbyterian 10%, and Lutheran 9%. Not only are these woman making a selfish choice by murdering their babies, more than likely in most cases it is an attempt to cover up their sin of fornication. How is this following the Word of God? Would their decision be different if they had been discipled? Whose responsibility was it to disciple these women? It is all of our responsibility to disciple those around to us, giving council and living a life that mirrors Christ.

Some sectors of the Church have turned the apostasy of homosexuality into something morally acceptable. Paul says in 1 Cor. 6:9-10 those who practice the homosexual lifestyle "will not inherit the kingdom of God". Jesus said in Matthew 15:8-9, "These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of me." Once again I have to ask, whose responsibility was it to disciple these people?

All of this calls for a close examination of our faith and our walk (2 Cor. 13:5). Are you walking in the truth of God’s Word and His will (2 John 1:4; 3 John 1:4)? Or are you following after the world? Can you say with the Apostle Paul in 1 Cor. 11:1, "Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ." Are you teaching others to follow after Christ or to follow after the world?

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