4 Practical Threats to the Church Today

I recently saw that doom’s day bunkers are on the rise. I’m not really a retreat underground with canned goods kind of guy. But, I’m growing in my appreciation for those who can identify real threats and take measures to guard against them. Any threat assessment of the church runs the risk of sounding universal and hopeless. So, qualification one and two: (1) These threats are shared from a very limited vantage point. (2) God can obliterate these threats with a flick of His wrist. Here are four practical threats on my radar:

We face a threat of not meeting regularly enough as a church. If I were the devil, I would get Christians separated. I would convince them that one hour a week is plenty of time for them to spend together. When I was young, I had the privilege of growing up in a church where I was taught the Bible multiple times a week. Between Sunday mornings/evenings and Wednesday nights, I tally up at least 8 hours a week spent with the people of God, much of which included hearing biblical truth. I have no idea how many sorrows I’ve been spared and how many blessings I’ve received from the common means of grace as common people served me God’s Word. Many Christians today only sporadically gather with God’s people on Sunday morning. No organization, school, army, or church can survive scanty assembling. God commands us to stir one another up to love, “not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25). Our failure to assemble is not mainly one of discipline, but desire. We simply do not really love God’s Word and people as much as we say we do. Add to that an adolescent view of what the church is, and you have vast amounts of Christians very busy, but not with seeing the church built up throughout the world. Neutralize this threat with this book: Church Membership by Jonathan Leeman

Read more: http://founders.org/2017/05/30/4-practical-threats-to-the-church-today/

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