Millions have left the church. This is the reality that Christian leaders do not want to talk about. However, facts do not go away. The facts are these: an entire generation has virtually discarded the faith of their parents.
Not only this, but many who were on fire for God and even effective vessels have fallen and have abandoned their faith in Jesus. A famous Christian singer announces that he is now an atheist. Is that shocking? The real shock is that the church is not shocked because this kind of recanting of faith is now common.
Maybe you were wounded on the battlefield and did not get up again. The reasons are as varied as the people themselves are. It may have been an abusive church. It may have been an old habit that raged its way back in control. It may have been a divorce, a false teaching that weakened you, or the gravitational force of unbelief and skepticism of this age.
The most common cause is sudden tragedy. Something horrendous happened that ran off of your theological map. You felt that you had no choice but to abandon your faith. You may be angry with God. You are not alone. There are millions in this condition.
The Holy Spirit has burned a message into my soul that I cannot contain. I want this message to get into the hands of as many people as possible. I have never felt as great an urgency to open my heart to you. Millions have left the church.
Let me be frank, I believe that God is turning your heart back to Him. He is doing this on a massive scale.
He has done this before. Right before the fire fell on Mount Carmel, Elijah prayed these words, “Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again (1 Kings 18:37).”
He is doing this not just because He loves you but because He is trying to spare America: “and he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse (Malachi 4:6).”
You are most likely a casualty of the lukewarm American church. Widespread compromise left her unprotected. The active ingredient was left out of preaching; that ingredient is surrender. The power of God to stand against tragedy and evil never kicked in for this very reason.
The Holy Spirit is intensifying His voice to the fallen, the wounded and the forgotten. While His wooing is loving and hopeful, it does not mask the truth.
In America entire churches are backslidden! And it is not unprecedented. Look at these verses: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me (Revelations 3:15).”
Okay, you may have been caught in the cultural crossfire of the compromised church, the toxic church and even the false church, but why lose your soul to get back at false ministers and sick churches?
This is about you and Jesus. This is about a destiny that God still keeps for you. There is one thing that Satan does not want you to remember. It is the one thing that can break the chains of lies and heartbreak.
What Satan does not want you to think about is this: if you brush away the cobwebs of church politics, hypocrites, and unexpected tragedy you will admit that the best days of your life were when you walked with God in fervent commitment. Those were the days of peace and joy.
The best days were the days before anybody and anything came between you and Jesus. You prayed and sensed that no matter what everything would come out alright. Even your questions were harnessed by a total trust in the character of God!
You have never felt anything like His presence. Those were the best days. Those days can come again. Jesus is knocking and wants to have dinner with you alone. “I will sup with him” Jesus promised.
I will admit that I am speaking a divine desperation to come over you. I want you to break, I want you to yearn to come home to your best life, your only life. There is an army rising up, made of people that Satan thought he had but is about to lose on a grand scale. Welcome back to the war!