Lately a unique combination of religious news has occurred. Mega churches are receiving a lot of criticism for their presumed failures. According to other news reports, there is a movement for atheists to start their own church in America like what already exists in the United Kingdom. Making matters more confusing, the pope wants a Catholic Church that is more consistent with the times. How do these odd bedfellows relate? Begin with the Bible, as one should always do, when questions of faith arise.
Jesus describes Himself in Revelation 3: 20 as standing at the door knocking. He asks the organized, functioning church for an invitation to be with those inside. The church must have kicked Jesus out of their midst. The 2,000-year-old Jesus is not good enough anymore.
Freethinking, atheistic, non-god groups have organized themselves on the home grounds of Dayton and Cincinnati. Their purpose is self-serving and to mock Christians.
When John penned this book of Revelation, it was around 95 A.D. Jesus was risen from the grave, ascended to heaven, and most of the disciples were dead.
How sad that the church, as Jesus intended it to be, lasted half of a century. He responded to the spiritual condition of the wayward church members. They must set their lives straight. He presents a picture of Himself as excommunicated. He stands in the dust of the road waiting to come back into the church.
To the local Catholic priests and bishops: you have a decision thundering down on you. There will soon come a time to choose between the text of the Bible and what the pope says. Can you excuse him by claiming ex cathedra in contrast to obvious Scripture? He said it, I obeyed it, is not an excuse anymore.
Are there ten mega churches, or even one church in Dayton, that will accept a one-month challenge? Forget the technology and the literature, the classy music and the professionals. Let the pastor preach passionately about heaven and hell. Gather the people at least once a week for an hour of actual prayer without group discussion.
This will negatively affect attendance and finances. This will tell the reasons why people came to church and this will create an opportunity for the moving of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus spoke to the last of seven churches mentioned in Revelation. There is no indication He was back into their midst. What any Dayton church will take the dare?