americanfamasscA Deadly Mentality “What’s in it for us?” is the prevailing principle of decision-making for too many churches. Here are three areas in which self-centeredness is killing the church.
It pays to worship. But if you worship because it pays, it won’t pay.
I was reading one church’s minutes from a century ago. In a business meeting, the clerk told of a request for $10 from a new church in Texas. This was back when $10 was like $200. After voting to send the money, the secretary said, “This spirit of generosity was put to the test when someone pointed out the church fellowship hall needed renovating.” As I recall, the church (who gave the $10) ended up spending $2,000 on its own project.
“What’s in it for us?” is the prevailing principle of decision-making for too many churches. Denominational leaders and professional fund-raisers know that to be successful in their promotions, they have to convince churches that a proposed project will reap great rewards for them personally.
It’s not enough to do something for the kingdom. It’s not sufficient to do something to please God, honor Christ, or obey the Spirit.
And we wonder why so many congregations are stagnated, plateaued, or declining. We wonder why so many congregations go to church, log many hours in activities each week, and still feel unfulfilled. We wonder why churches run off pastors who are not meeting their needs, not leaving them with warm feelings after sermons, not making them feel better about themselves.
I cannot tell you the times I’ve heard someone pray in a worship service, “Lord, help us get something out of this today.” As though it were all about them.
Warren Wiersbe said, “It pays to worship. But if you worship because it pays, it won’t pay.” Worship is about giving to the Lord the glory due to His name, about bringing an offering and bowing down before the ruler of the universe and honoring Him. When we do this right, we walk away blessed.
Yet, the mentality of our age is something else entirely:
Me before you. My needs before anything else, my wants and desires above all. How can I tithe when I still owe on my boat and my luxury car?
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- stacywrites4funOne of the biggest problems, I believe, is that the church has lost touch with the truth of God's holiness. When that is understood (to the extent that we are able) then we must acknowledge our own messed-up condition and how far short we fall of his glory. In this day and age, we don't want to see/hear that. It's really very sad because it keeps our spirits far from God.
- _j_craft_I pray that the churches of this country wake up and truly have a revival 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
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