“The Christian world is in a deep sleep; nothing but a loud shout can awaken them out of it.” ~ George Whitefield
It does appear that many churches of USA is in a deep sleep. While many are steeped in entertainment, many souls are dying and will be going to hell today, tomorrow, and the next subsequent days. This is not a guilt trip to condemn one from enjoying the common things of life. We are thankful to the Lord that He would allow us to enjoy aspects of His creative acts. But here is the question, when was the last time I exposed evil and shared the Gospel? Have I become apathetic? Earth is the closest to heaven for the unbeliever and earth is the closest to hell for the believer. Since we have the immortal blessings provided for us, we must press hard before the return of Christ so that unbelievers may have the opportunity to come to into the celestial kingdom of salvation. Why must the church awaken from its sleep?
1) Sinners dying without Christ will burn in hell FOREVER AND EVER. “It is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). There will be no second opportunities for salvation when unbelievers are buried six-feet deep. There is no return to the tranquility of life upon earth. We must preach the Gospel to humanity. How can they hear without a preacher?
2) False teachers around us and goats congregating among the sheep. These false teachers are wicked and they know no bounds. Apostle Paul warned of them. We must protect the sheep from them because they will spare no one. Acts 20:29, “‘I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.'”
3) The lives of 61 million babies have been terminated by murder mills since Roe v Wade’s decision. We are called to be a voice for the voiceless. Apathy is a sin (James 1:27). As Christ visited us in our distress, may we visit these poor orphans who are in great distress. They are covered in amniotic fluid so we are unable to hear their screams. Folks, we have a silent holocaust right before our eyes. We must see each baby, one-by-one being butchered and chemically killed by murderers who worship the god of convenience and self-pleasure.
4) The celebration of so-called gay marriage. Our country is officially a sodomite country since the Supreme Court’s decision (Romans 1:26-27). The attack against marriage is an attack against the Gospel. Apostle Paul mentioned in Ephesians 5 concerning the mystery of marriage. Marriage is an illustration of the Gospel.
5) The lack of laborers in the mission field. How come we can be so passionate about leisure, but not evangelism here and abroad? Count Zinzendorf said, “Every heart with Christ is a missionary, every heart without Christ is a mission field.” Charles Spurgeon said, “Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.” There are senders, goers, and supporters. Everyone of them will have scarred hands. Cf. Matt. 26:16-20; Rom. 10:14.
6) Christians will have to give an account to God for what they have done on earth–“not” a condemnatory judgement (Jn 5:24; Rom. 8:1).
7) The destitute situation of widows, orphans, and the poor (Luke 4:18-19).
8) Racial discrimination in our country. It must first be dealt with in the church.
9) The lack of discernment and knowledge of God’s Word is epidemic. Biblical and historical Christianity is frowned upon by professing Christians. They are more perilous than unbelievers.
10) The love of money is worshiped (1 Timothy 6:10). Money can be used for His glory and can also be used for great evil. Jesus spoke more about money than about heaven and hell.
11) The immorality of broken marriages. God “hates” divorce (Malachi 2:16; Luke 16:18). Let us not sugarcoat what He says about marriage.
12) Pray for the persecuted church. Hebrews 13:3, “Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.” ~ NASB
The list goes on….
I pray that this small sample of God’s Word being proclaimed near a murder mill would be an encouragement to your soul. Rise up, beloved church. You are in my prayers.