“not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25
Jesus commanded us not to forsake the assembling of others, so that is why we go to church. We go to church to fellowship with others, but we go to seek more of Jesus on a deeper level. However, in our current day, churches have strayed away from center focuses, and placed them on other things. Many churches and major churches are focusing more on the package more than Christ. Why is that? Most importantly, what are the problems in some churches? For the past year or so, I’ve been noticing the changes.
Some American Churches have shifted their focal point onto the “success of the church” instead of on the “spiritual growth of the church.”
You see “mega churches” all over TV, but most of them are false preachers, but there is one thing that stands out. These preachers are more concerned about their church being successful in business, successful in attendance, and successful in the number of members they have rather than being concerned about the congregation’s eternity. They do not care about their congregation growing in Christ, they do not care about who is truly saved, and they do not care about what someone in their church may be going through.
Our society has impacted our churches, believe it or not. We’ve changed our ideology into thinking “We must be the best, we must succeed, and we need to have as many people at our church as possible.” The amount of members you have means nothing! The spiritual growth of the people is what matters. The Bible never said that you need to have 3,000 members to have a successful church. As long as you preach the Bible cover to cover and word to word, then that makes you successful.
Some American Churches have allowed open-minded views into the way they preach
In the past few years, America has passed laws that favored liberal minded agendas, which goes against Christian views. However, some churches have allowed these liberal ideologies into their churches, such as, marrying gays, having liberal standpoints, and sugarcoating the gospel.
God is against each and every one of those things, yet churches focus more on the money factor than the soul saving factor, which is what is wrong with American churches, and maybe even churches in other countries. However, this is widely known in America. We live in a time where people are “afraid of offending people,” “do not want to stand up to sin,””and want a good paycheck, so they preach a “feel good gospel.”
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4
2 Timothy shows exactly what is happening in many American churches. You have preachers who want to preach their own gospel so they can please itching ears. This right here, is dangerous to the soul. Not only is this blasphemy, but it is also guiding people straight into Hell. Sugarcoating the gospel has become a major problem in churches today.
A lot of American Churches are more concerned with selling their books more than they are preaching
Many well known preachers write their own books, which is fine, BUT it becomes a problem when that becomes their main focal point. “If you read more in my book, you’ll get more insight on the problems you are facing.” “If you purchase my book, maybe that’ll help you with your situation.” “If you want more understanding, buy my book!”
That is toxic and that is exactly what angered Jesus in the temple! People were selling in the Lord’s House, and didn’t respect Him! These preachers who constantly shove their books down your throat are no better than the sellers in the temple! Again, their is nothing wrong with writing christian books, but do not put it before God or His message. Do not let it be in every sermon you preach and do not let it be a constant reminder. Let people buy the book on their own terms at the book store.
Some American Churches have been putting the glory on themselves instead of Jesus
This is one that sticks out like a sore thumb, and it really bothers me. I see people in churches that self-glorify themselves. They put on a show that makes them look good, and they make sure everything is perfect so they don’t mess up.
Everyone is so concerned with being seeing! It isn’t about you, it’s about Christ! I could care less about your harmony, and I could care less about how you play your instruments! I care more about worshiping Christ, growing deeper in Christ, and gaining more knowledge about Christ.
“but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath,” Romans 2:8
If you are self-seeking, then you are not obeying Christ. Therefore, your attempts to make yourself look good at church is useless, for God says you are unrighteous. Instead of trying to uphold yourself, uphold Christ! He died for you, raised from the dead, and He gave you salvation! You cannot top Christ, so stop the self-glorification, because it’s turning into self-pity.
There are MANY more problems that are in our churches, but that would make this blog post very long. Christ does not want you to focus on the amount of members you have, He does not want you to accept sinful ways, He does not want you to focus on who buys your book, and He does not want you to self-glorify yourself.
This is breaking Jesus’ heart! He didn’t die for this! He didn’t die for us to allow sinful ways to infiltrate the Lord’s House. Jesus didn’t die for us to put ourselves on a pedestal, and He surely didn’t die for us to sugarcoat the gospel!
Our society is warping our churches, and it is a major problem that needs to be stopped! It is a problem that is growing like a wild fire, and it is huge in America. Now, I am not certain about other countries, but I bet they have these issues too, but America is the epitome for these things!
We need to come back to Christ before it is too late. The Bible talks about how there will be many who think they are saved, but are not saved.
““Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” Matthew 7:21-23
The reality that there are people who are deceiving themselves, is sad. There will be people who will stand before God and say “Lord, didn’t I do this in your name,” but it isn’t going to be enough, for Christ will tell them that were not a child of God. There is nothing more heartbreaking than that harsh reality!
It is not too late to change! It is not too late to stop these problems! God can change each of these if we are willing to let Him change them. If we confess to the Lord, He is willing and just to forgive us of our sins; therefore, He is willing to forgive the problems in some churches.
Do not fall into the rut that some churches are in. Do not let society influence you, do not let pride get into you, and do not sugarcoat the gospel because of itching ears. When you give your life to Christ, you give Him your all! Being a follower of Christ takes boldness, so you have to fearless for Him. Are you up for that challenge and are you willing to challenge some churches who are not following Christ the way they should? The choice is yours.