In Chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation, Jesus wrote letters to seven churches in the province of Asia. Two of the churches received encouraging letters, but in each of the letters to the other five churches Jesus issued a severe reprimand for their spiritual condition and a pointed warning to either repent or reap the consequences for their actions. I wonder, if Jesus were to write a letter similar to those found in Revelation 2 and 3 to the church in America in 2011 what would He say? Would it be something like this…
“To the angel of the church in America write. . .
The holy almighty sovereign One, the King of kings and Lord of lords says this: ‘I know your deeds. ‘You have built impressive buildings that include the latest technology. You have programs for every conceivable type of person, and you are culturally relevant in every way possible. But I have this against you — you have forgotten that church is really about Me.
You have replaced spirit-led worship with well-staged entertainment so the congregation simply sits back and watches the ‘show’ instead of actively worshiping Me.
You have replaced uncompromised, biblically-based sermons with non-threatening, theologically light, feel-good motivational speeches that are focused on yourselves rather than on Me.
You have traded deep, probing Bible studies for the latest fad on the best-seller list.
In order not to offend anyone, you have neglected to teach theology and doctrine, and have failed to teach that discipleship includes absolute surrender, spiritual brokenness, dying to self, holiness, and unquestioned allegiance to Me.
You have forgotten that prayer is the key to my heart, and instead of seeking My face for guidance and direction you have become self-reliant and self-sufficient.
‘You have allowed the culture to influence your way of thinking so that you look, think, and act no different than the world. Divorce, viewing pornography, and sex outside of marriage are as prevalent within the walls of the church as outside of it.
You are My beloved bride, but you have gone after other lovers — popularity, numbers and ‘success’. In your quest to be culturally relevant, you have become spiritually irreverent. You have become so politically correct that you have the world’s approval but not Mine. You have played a harlot with the world and have broken your covenant of love and loyalty to me.
The results are disastrous. America is falling apart morally, and you, My church, are powerless to change its course. Instead of falling on your faces before Me in humble repentance and crying out for revival, you are too occupied with being ’emergent’, ‘seeker sensitive’, ‘relevant’, and ‘thinking outside the box’.
Repent! I say it again, repent!
Humble yourselves before Me, and return to Me. Make Me the object of your devotion. Seek My approval. Surrender totally to Me. Cleanse yourself of the sins of compromise, half-heartedness and self-sufficiency.
Die to self so that I may live in you and use you to turn your society away from destruction and toward the truth and the peace that is found only in Me. Oh, My bride, come back to Me. I love you.
He who has ears to hear, let him hear what I say to the church in America.'”