I believe that we are living in a time now, where the church has begun to accept people and situations without a demand for change. It seems as if the body of Christ have begun to allow any and everything to go on in the Lord's house and then refer to it as a part of "the process." I believe that there is a process that we all must go through in order to be all God wants us to be, there is a stripping of the old and an acceptance of the new, but there are alot of people that we come in contact with that have no desire to become anything more that what they are. Many times we tolerate their sin. We know that they are walking contrary to the word of God, and still let them serve as musicains, ministers, deacons, ushers and the list goes on. Offices/ positions in the church are needful for example purposes. The leader must be an example of the word of God that he/she teaches and preaches. We wonder why we don't see healing, deliverance, signs, wonders, miracles and even seeing people getting filled with the Holy Ghost like in the days of old.....It's because the church has tolerated sin for membership. We must denounce this spirit! It's hindering our progress, but most of all the opportunity of the church to win souls. Jonah was the cause of the storm that rocked the boat, because of his unwillingness to do what the Lord said. When the mariners got the story from Jonah, they knew he was wrong, yet they tried to keep him on the ship (toleration). I am not saying that we should throw people overboard, but I am saying that we should pray that God will convict their hearts to the place that they will desire true deliverance.
From my heart to yours,
Elder David Baxter