by Ven Dr I. U. Ibeme
The modern Church has metamorphosed to something different from the early Church.
The thrust in the early Church was moral purity and piety, today it is material prosperity and possessions.
They sought GRACE to fulfil God’s requirement, today we seek FAVOUR to obtain our requirements.
They sought to be transformed by the Gospel and please God, we seek to transform the Gospel and please ourselves.
The early Church sought obedience to God, today the Church seeks abundance from God.
The original goal of DEVOTION and sanctity has now been replaced by the modern goal of DERIVATION and success.
“What shall I render to God?” is replaced by “What shall I receive from God?”
Before, the giver was the more blessed; today, the receiver is the more blessed.
The old Church sought brokenness before God, today’s Church seeks breakthrough from God.
Before, ministrations gripped people with penitence; today, ministrations grip people with excitement.
Their holy prophets spoke the agenda of God; our costly “prophets” speak the agenda of man.
The old Church sought after God for sacrificial worship, today’s Church seeks after God for beneficial relationship.
The early Church fought to differ from the world, today’s Church begs to conform to the world.
The God of the early Church was the Judge of all, the “God” of today’s Church is judged by all.
They would obey God rather than men; we would obey men rather than God.
Are we still the Church of Christ and His Apostles?
IT IS TIME TO SEEK THE LORD.
(5) They have corrupted themselves, their blemish is not the blemish of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation.
Save yourselves from this crooked generation (Act 2:40).