My question to Black Preaching Network affiliates is: Why is it so hard for the Church of God to take authority and a stand on what God has told us in his word. If we look in our society no matter what city, state, country you are from, if you will be honest with yourself, the church seems to be nowhere in the picture. I mean yes we have our mega churches and don't get me wrong, I have nothing against the mega church ministry, but you have to ask yourself seriously, mega church, storefront or whatever the size of the building, what impact is the church really making in today's society besides church fights on the local news or pastors being shot in service or churches splitting and eventually closing their doors. Jesus said in Matthew 16:18 "Upon this rock, I will build my church, and the Gates of Hell SHALL NOT prevail against it. That is what Jesus said that the Gates of Hell Shall NOT prevail against, but it seems as though Hell is in most of these church houses. If the deacon cannot be in control and call all the shots, he's mad at the Pastor and won't do the duties of what the deacon should do. if this choir member can't sing all the songs then she won't sing. And if this associate minister can't lead ALL the services and preach when they think they should, then they sit in the pulpit with their mouths shut. All of these mediocre situations happen in the local body, and take away from what really should be going on in the church, Saving souls, destroying bondages and yokes, bringing hope and happiness to someones sad situations, and ultimately making disciples out of people.
Most of these church houses are running people away from the church instead of bringing in the fold. Preacher/Pastors; Remember what God told the Watchman to do in Ezekiel 33 1Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: 3If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; 4Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. 5He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. 6But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand. 7So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. 8When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 9Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. People of God All I am saying is when will Church get to Where it is suppose to be and doing what is is suppose to be doing? Sure enough some people are getting saved and some people are getting delivered and some people are changing their lives, but when will it make a significant impact in the world, Or will it. And please, I'm not focusing this topic just on preacher per se but if we are going to make an impact and take a stand in this world, it is going to take not only the preacher/pastor but the church as a whole. I ask for your thoughts on the matter, feel free to respond. R.J.