Thursday, 11 November 2010

95 Theses for the Modern-day Church

95 Theses for the Modern-day Church


"95 THESES to the MODERN EVANGELICAL CHURCH"
-by Greg Gordon.
1. The “church” at large has forgotten that the chief end of man is to glorify

God. (Rom 16:27; 1Cor 6:20; Mt 6:9; 1Cor 10:31)



2. Christians ignore most of the methods, practices and principles found in the

book of Acts. (Acts 2:42,44; Acts 2:46; Acts 2:38)



3. Many treat “church” like any other social club or sports event that they

might attend. (Acts 2:46; Heb 10:25; Acts 1:14)



4. We’ve made Christianity about the individual rather than the community of

believers. (Rom 12:5; 1Cor 12:12; 2Tim 4:16)



5. In most “churches” the priesthood of all believers isn’t acknowledged and

the role of pastor is abused. (1Pt 2:9; 1Cor 12:12; Eph 4:11-13)



6. The “church” as a whole has lost the concept of their being grafted into the

promises given to Israel. (Rom 11:15, 17-18, 20, 25)



7. There needs to be a recovery of teaching the whole counsel of God,

especially in expository form. (Acts 20:27; 1Tim 4:6, 2Tim 2:15)



8. We take it too lightly that we have the blessing and honor of having God’s

Scriptures in our possession. (Ps 119:16; Acts 13:44; Neh 8:9)



9. There has never been more access to the Word of God, yet so little reading

of it. (1Tim 4:13; Neh 8:1-3; Ps 119:59)



10. Some read the Scriptures to attain knowledge, but do not practice what they

read. (Jam 1:22; Mt 7:21; 3Jn 4)



11. Worship has become an idol in many “churches”. The music often resembles

that of the world. (Amos 5:23; Phil 4:8; 1Jn 5:21)



12. The world is shaping the views of the “church” more than the “church”

shaping the world. (Rom 12:2; Mt 5:13; 1Cor 1:22-23)



13. The “church” spends more money on dog food than on missions. (2Cor 9:6; Lk

21:2; Acts 4:34-35)



14. We take lightly the cost of discipleship laid out by Jesus Christ and do

not deny our lives. (Lk 14:33; Lk 14:26-27; Mt 8:19-20)



15. There is a lack of true discipleship and making others to be obedient

disciples. (Mt 28:20; 2Tim 2:2; 2Tim 2:14



16. Many subscribe to the error that parts of life are to be spiritual while

others are to be secular. (1Pt 4:2; Col 3:3; 1Jn 2:6)



17. Modern Christians often find Jesus’ command to sacrifice and serve

abhorrent. (Phil 2:21; Jam 3:16; Rom 12:1-2



18. Self disciplines in the Christian life such as fasting and praying are

considered legalistic. (2Tim 2:21; 2Tim 1:8; Mt 6:17)



19. Little thought and contemplation is put towards the lostness of men, the

seriousness of the Gospel. (Phil 3:8; Gal 2:20; Heb 10:34)



20. We are living with an epidemic of cheap grace with flippant confession and

shallow consecration. (Lk 14:28-30; Lk 14:26; Jam 4:8)

21. Since the inception of the Church, the Gospel had the requirements of

repentance and discipleship. (Acts 2:38; Lk 14:26; Jn 8:31)



22. Now forgiveness is offered without repentance, discipleship without

obedience, salvation without sanctity. (Heb 10:29; 4:11; Lk 13:24)



23. Introspection, counting the cost, godly sorrow over sin, are all foreign to

many in the “church”. (Acts 2:37; Ps 119:9; Heb 6:1-2)





24. The modern church loves itself more than its neighbor. (1Cor 3:3; Gal 5:13;

Phil 2:3)



25. The church must repent of its idolization of personality, and of business

principles. (2Cor 2:17; 1Cor 3:5; 1Cor 12:23)



26. Many elders and pastors of the “church” sadly are fleecing the flock to

supply their own wants. (Jn 10:12-13; 1Pt 5:2-3; Rev 2:15)



27. The qualities most in demand in today’s pastorate are frequently foreign to

the Scriptures. (1Tim 3:2-3; 1Tim 3:5; 1Tim 1:5-7)



28. The professionalization of the pastorate is a sin and needs to be repented

of. (2Cor 11:13; Gal 3:1; Gal 2:6)



29. There must be repentance for the ambitious desire and idolization of the

celebrity pastorate. (3Jn 9; Jer 17:5; 1Cor 12:22)



30. Pastors must trust the Spirit, not statistics. (2Sam 24:1; 1Cor 1:25; Rom

8:14)



31. Modern day prophets are being stoned by criticism and neglect. (2Tim 4:3-4;

Gal 1:10; Jer 1:7-8)



32. God’s prophets are ill-treated and shunned by most “christians” considered

too harsh or extreme. (Jer 6:10; Isa 6:9-10; Gal 4:16)



33. The prophets prophesy falsely, priests rule by their own power; and my

people love to have it so. (Mt 24:4, 11-12; 1Cor 1:19, Jude 8 )



34. There are many false gospels being preached from pulpits in our day. (2Cor

11:4; Gal 1:8-9; Jude 16)



35. There is an epidemic of a “mock” salvation message. It is correct in

doctrine, but false in reality. (2Cor 3:6; 1Jn 5:11-12; Rom 8:9)



36. A salvation that does not make men holy is trusted in by a deceived

multitude. (Jude 4; Rom 8:1; Rom 6:17-18)



37. There is a needed perseverance in the truths of the Gospel without

unbelief. (Eph 1:1; Heb 6:11-12; Heb 10:26-27)



38. A great need is to see “christians” become saints in actual experience.

(1Jn 2:29; Col 3:5-8; Tit 3:8)



39. Many professors of religion are forbidding people to be a part of the holy

body of Christ. (Mt 23:13; Ps 119:1-2; 2Pt 1:3-4)



40. Preaching has become all about the happiness of man and not the glory of

God. (Jn 6:26; Rom 4:20; 1Pt 4:11)



41. Preachers give smooth words to entice men, yet very few give any words of

correction or rebuke. (Jer 6:14; Pro 1:23; 1Tim 5:20)





42. Run from gospels that focus on our success and prosperity in the name of

Jesus Christ. (Jn 2:16; Acts 20:33; Jer 6:13)



43. Run from gospels that focus on self-improvement. (1Tim 6:5; Heb 12:14; Jam

4:14)



44. Run from churches where men, and not Christ, are glorified. (Col 1:18; Jude

25; Jn 16:14)



45. Run from churches where there is no Bible, no cross, no mention of the

blood of Christ. (1Pt 1:18-19; Eph 3:13; Rev 1:5)



46. Run from churches where the worship leaves you cold, where there’s no sense

of God’s presence. (1Cor 5:4; Ps 80:14-15; Jer 12:11)



47. Run from churches where you’re comfortable in your sin. (1Cor 14:25; Heb

10:30-31; Heb 4:13



48. Run from churches that use the pulpit of God for a personal agenda. (Jude

10-11,19; 3Jn 9)



49. Run from those who preach division between races and cultures. (Jam 2:4,

Gal 3:28, Rev 5:9)



50. Run from ungodly, spasmodic movements and endless empty prophesying. (Jer

5:13; 1Cor 14:33, 1Jn 2:16)



51. Run from preachers who tell mostly stories and jokes. (Eph 5:4; Tit 1:8;

2:12)



52. Run from those that are only after money, who use one gimmick after another

to get your money. (2Pt 2:3; 2Cor 12:14; 1Cor 9:18



53. The phrase “accept Jesus as your personal Saviour” is not found in the

Scriptures. (Rom 10:9-10; Col 1:13; Acts 26:20)



54. Evidence of true conversion does not seem important to modern day

Christians. (1Jn 2:6; 1Jn 4:17; Mt 7:20)



55. Thousands of sinners think of God as having only one attribute: Love! But

they continue in sin. (Rom 1:18; Acts 5:11; Ps 2:12



56. “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life!” has hindered true

evangelism. (Rom 3:19; Acts 26:18; Phil 3:18-21)



57. A Gospel of love and grace only, without the law of God being preached.

This is a doctrine of Satan. (2Tim 4:3-4; Rom 2:4-5; 3:19)



58. There has clearly arisen a careless mixture of 20th century reasoning with

God’s revelation. (Col 2:8; Rom 1:25; Gal 1:6)



59. Decisionism and the “sinner’s prayer” has been a major cause of false

conversions in the “church”. (2Pt 2:1-2; Eph 2:4-5; 2Cor 5:17-18



60. Many will be surprised to hear Jesus say, “I never knew you, depart from

me.” (Mt 7:22-23; 1Cor 6:9-10; Gal 5:19-21



61. Men have taken the place of the Holy Spirit in confirming men in their

supposed salvation. (1Jn 2:3-5; 2Ths 1:8; Gal 6:12-15



62. The doctrine of hell and eternal suffering is something little grasped by

most professing “christians”. (Mt 13:42; Jam 5:1; Ps 9:17)



63. The judgment seat of Christ is perhaps one of the most neglected topics in

the modern pulpit. (2Cor 5:10; Rom 14:10; 1Cor 3:13


64. The second coming of Christ needs to be re-instated as the church’s general

thrust and burden. (1Jn 3:2-3; Col 3:4-6; 1Ths 4:14-17)



65. The church has lost the fear of God and has over emphasized the love of

God. (Heb 12:28-29; Lk 12:5; Heb 10:31



66. The church has left evangelism to a few trained professionals. (Acts 8:1,4;

Acts 4:29; Rom 10:14)



67. Repentance is considered a one-time act in modern evangelism rather than a

way of life. (Rev 3:19; Heb 12:17; 2Pt 3:9)



68. The Lordship of Jesus Christ is something that is not taught in many

pulpits. (Acts 2:36; 1Cor 12:3; Rom 6:18)



69. Many in “churches” are not open to correction, church discipline or rebuke.

1Cor 5:5; 1Cor 11:31-32; Heb 12:7-9



70. Some preach salvation as a theory instead of persuading men to come to

Christ. (Jn 5:40; Col 1:28; 2Cor 4:5)



71. There has been a loss of the fullness and majesty of the gospel. (1Tim

1:11; Jude 25; Rom 15:29)



72. There is little mention of sin or the depravity of man from “church”

pulpits. (Jn 3:20; Gal 5:19-21; Eph 5:5)



73. Covetousness, consumerism, and coddling of the world’s goods do not

appear wrong. (Jer 22:17; 1Jn 2:15-16; 1Tim 3:3)



74. Little is made of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in churches or in

evangelism. (1Cor 15:14-15; Acts 4:10, 33)



75. The “church” has relied more on technology than God. (Zech 4:6; 1Cor 1:21;

2:4)



76. The prayer meeting is considered one of the least important meetings in the

“church”. (1Tim 2:1; Acts 4:31; Phil 4:6)



77. Pastors have never prayed less than they do in the “church” today. (Jer

10:21; Phil 2:21; Eph 6:18-19)



78. Very few are waiting on God for His direction and purpose for His Church.

(Eph 1:11; Ps 37:7; Isa 40:31



79. The “church” has many organizers, but few agonizers. (Phil 3:18-19; Rom 9:1-

3; Jer 9:1)



80. We need to have the gifts of the Spirit restored again to the “church”.

(2Tim 4:2; 1Cor 14:39; 1Cor 12:31)



81. A serious, sober, self-controlled Christianity is very seldom found or

preached. (2Pt 3:11; 1Pt 4:7; Jude 3)



82. The “church” at large has forgotten how to pray. (1Jn 3:22; Acts 6:4; 1Ths

5:17)



83. Many “churches” are more dependent on tradition than the leading of the

Holy Spirit. (Mk 7:13; Acts 16:6; Acts 13:2)



84. Multitudes of professors preach and teach: that you cannot be freed from

sin. (Rom 16:18; Rom 6:1-2; 2Pt 2:1)



85. The Apostles and Christ always preached the possibility to walk free from

sin. (Tit 2:11-12; 1Pt 1:14-16; Rom 6:19)


86. Sinners are not saved to sin, but rather, saved to holiness and good works.

(Rom 6:13; Eph 2:10; 2Pt 3:14)



87. Cheap grace means the justification of sin without the justification of the

sinner. (2Tim 2:19; 1Pt 4:17-18; 2Tim 3:12)



88. A baptism of holiness, a demonstration of godly living is the crying need

of our day. (1Tim 6:3; 2Ths 3:6; 2Ths 2:13)



89. Many are confused about obedience, and good works that are readily

mentioned in the Scriptures. (Tit 3:8; Jn 10:32; Rev 3:15)



90. Little emphasis is put on the plan of God to make us like Jesus Christ in

“churches”. (1Pt 1:14-16; 1Jn 2:6; 1Pt 4:1)



91. Christ did not die on the cross to obtain a worldly “church” but for a

“glorious Church.” (Eph 5:27; Tit 2:14; Col 4:12)



92. Christ does not come into an unregenerate and impure heart as many

contemporary theologians say. (2Cor 5:17; Mt 5:8; Eze 18:31)



93. A holy Church is God’s blessing to the world; an unholy “church” is God’s

judgment upon the world. (Mt 5:14,16; Eph 4:1; 1Ths 2:12)



94. If Christianity is to make any headway in the present time, it must be

proved to be more than a theory. (2Ths 3:6-7; 1Ths 4:1,11-12)



95. Unbelief has gagged and bound us as risen Lazarus! We need release in this

final hour! (Heb 3:12-14; 1Cor 3:21-23; Heb 11:6)

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