One reason why the church has so little influence over the world

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One reason why the church has so little influence over the world

(Charles Spurgeon)

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind!” Romans 12:2 

I believe that one reason why the church has so little influence over the world–is because the world has so much influence over the church!

It is overwhelming to see the growing worldliness of the visible church. Many professed Christians–the Lord alone knows whether they are true believers or not–give us grave cause for apprehension. We see them tolerating practices which would not have been endured by their fathers; my blood chills when I think of how far some fashionable professors go astray!

When the Church descends to the world’s level, her spiritual power is gone. Jesus said, “Preach the gospel to every creature!” But men are getting tired of the divine plan; they are going to be saved by the music, or by the theatricals, or by the amusements! Well, they may try these things as long as ever they like; but nothing can ever come of the whole thing but utter disappointment and confusion:
  God is dishonored,
  the gospel is travestied,
  hypocrites are manufactured by thousands, and 
  the church is dragged down to the level of the world!An unholy church! It is useless to the world–and of no esteem among men. It is . . .
  an abomination,
   Hell’s laughter, and
  Heaven’s abhorrence! “The world has absorbed the Church, and the church is content that it should be so!” Horatius Bonar

“Conformity to the world, in all ages, has proved the ruin of the church!” Rowland Hill

“The spirit of the world is eating out the very heart and life of true godliness!” George Everard

Refined worldliness is the present snare of the Church of God!” Horatius Bonar

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3 Responses to “One reason why the church has so little influence over the world”

  1. Reblogged this on Faithful Steward Ministries and FSM Women's Outreach and commented:
    The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19/NLT) says “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations…”

    How sad, instead of making the church a temple of God we have made it a home away from home, hoping to attracted the masses.

  2. I disagree with the title, the church has a lot of impact: Be it public holidays, trying to take away the rights of people to life together with who they want (I know a few people who struggle through life not being able to accept their gay sexuality because of their religion), trying to take away the right of woman to have control over their body, churches being renovated with tax money, church kindergartens or hospitals, which are funded to 90% by tax money but the church has 100% say of the rules.

    If you life by love your next like yourself, why do you need to make rules for the one next to you.

  3. Absolutely and frighteningly true. We’ve blurred the line between right and holy and wrong and sinful, and we walk with feet on both sides, believing it’s ok to be partly committed. We’ve lost sight of the holiness and wonder of God. We’ve become calloused to truth and grace. Thanks for sharing this, Steve.

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