Offsetting The Post-Christian Era

We are living in the post-Christian era, we are told. Tragically, there’s some justification for that conclusion. However, in another sense we could never be in a “post-Christian era.” True Biblical Christianity is here to stay until God calls the church home. The problem, in part at least, is with leadership. Many good pastors, teachers, evangelists, even some missionaries have resorted to methods and programs promoted by modern Christian colleges and seminaries, or by some churches that have drawn big crowds (not wrong in itself, but perhaps wrong in how it has been accomplished). Churches that promote solid Bible preaching and teaching, encourage soul winning, are serious about prayer and are burdened for missions  may or may not draw big crowds, but they will develop disciples. When these disciples turn into vibrant Christians, other lives will be impacted. Some may impact a few people; others will likely impact many. It’s not the numerical tally; it’s the quality of those who are impacted. Serious, loving Christians are contagious! Ho-hum “Christians” or people who get involved in churches to be entertained may turn potential seekers off. We need a fresh touch from God that will restore the fervor and excitement of the Church’s early days, and even the zeal of many churches in the first half of the last century. For that to happen, we need revival and for Christians to determine to study God’s Word, pray, have a burden for souls, practice separation (out of love for the Lord), and do their part in the local church as much more than pew-warmers. The entire 12th Chapter of Romans speaks to this. Consider carefully this sample portion: “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Selah! Let our prayer be that of Charles H. Gabriel in his hymn, “Old Time Power:” “Lord, as of old at Pentecost Thou didst Thy power display, with cleansing purifying flame, descend on us today. For mighty works for Thee, prepare and strengthen every heart; come, take possession of Thine own and nevermore depart. All self consume, all sin destroy!  With earnest zeal endue each waiting heart to work for Thee; O Lord, our faith renew! Speak, Lord! Before Thy throne we wait, Thy promise we believe, and will not let Thee go until the blessing we receive. 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! Amen!  Ron

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