Why Did They Change That?

You go to the store to purchase an item that you have used for years and one that you really like. You’ve used it for years and plan to for years to come. They have discontinued it. You are annoyed and disgusted. Why would they eliminate an item like that? Or they still have it, but they have come out with a new version. You try it and it’s nothing like the original. You mention to others that the new product is nowhere near as good as the original. You are amazed when they tell you that they like the new one better than the old one. How could they even think that it’s better? Now, imagine that Jesus’ 11 disciples, the Apostle Paul, and other early Christians were transported into our times and visited a lot of the churches that exist now. Would they ask why the original was discontinued or why has the content been changed so much? Would they be told that the new was better? Examining the content, would they wonder why certain vital ingredients were missing? Perhaps the wonderful taste of the original has been watered down. Would they conclude that something was missing? Would they tell us that the original was far superior? I think that, deep down in, most of us know that these concerns are justified. Would they remind us of the words of Jesus to the church in Ephesus: “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent” (Revelation 2:4-5). We might well plead: “Lord, as of old at Pentecost Thou didst Thy pow’r display, with cleansing, purifying flame descend on us today. All self consume, all sin destroy! With earnest zeal endue each waiting heart to work for Thee — O Lord, our faith renew! Lord, send the old-time power, the Pentecostal power! Thy floodgates of blessing on us throw open wide! Lord, send the old time power, the Pentecostal power, that sinners be converted and Thy Name glorified!” (From “Pentecostal Power” By Charles H. Gabriel). Selah! Perhaps Jesus would admonish many local churches today, to remember, repent and return!  Ron

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