By Shane Idleman , CP Guest Contributor Experts say that nearly 4,000 churches close every year in America and over 3,500 people leave the church every single day.
Church is boring, and many churches are dying because the power of God has vanished from the pulpit as well as the pew. Like Samson, they "know not that the Spirit of the Lord has departed" (cf. Judge 16:20). But there is hope if we once again seek God.
"Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come from miles to watch you burn" (John Wesley). We need genuine revival preaching: "Revival preaching is more concerned about an outcome than an outline. The revival preacher is more aware of his text than the time. He is bent on pleasing the Lord rather than pleasing men. His ear is tuned to hear and heed the voice of God" (Harold Vaughan). "We need more prophets in our pulpits and less puppets" (Leonard Ravenhill).
Many know about 2 Chronicles 7:14, but fail to apply it: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
God's call is not to Hollywood, Washington, or the media, but to us. If "My people" turn back to Me I will heal and restore. We have a form of microwave Christianity. Service times are cut to just over an hour, prayer is glanced over, and worship is designed to entertain the masses.
"People are bored," they say, "so our services need to be more appealing."