Death of a Church

August 22nd, 2008 | 6 Comments | Church Issues, Compromise, Quotes, Sin, Worldliness Death of a Church |  Facebook


“Death (of a Church) occurs when unbelievers are allowed to take over ministries in the church. It happens when a church becomes more concerned with form and liturgy than it is with life on a spiritual level. Death occurs when a church becomes more concerned about welfare and social ills than it is about salvation. It happens when a church loves systems more than it loves Jesus Christ. And it happens when a church becomes more concerned with material things than spiritual reality. That’s how a church dies. It all is a result of sin.

Sin–in any form that the church tolerates, whether it is in the members or the leaders. Tolerance of sin begins the cycle; then comes the tolerance of unbelievers in the church until no one cares who is a believer or an unbeliever. The end comes when the man who runs the church isn’t a believer. Sins of commission and omission kill a church little by little. When that happens, Christians become carnal. Soon afterwards, unbelievers come into the church, and then a total tolerance for sin exists. The church begins to die, and the people who really love Jesus Christ leave only to be replaced by people who don’t know Him.”
- John MacArthur

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6 Responses to “Death of a Church”

  1. Lifecypha says:

    I think Mr. Macarthur nailed this. My family right now is (church) homeless because of this very issue. We live in a small town where everybody knows everybody so it’s kinda hard to live in sin and it not be known. The last church I was a memeber at, the youth pastor and the drummer in our praise band each got girls preganant out of wed-lock and where allowed to keep there positions in the church. I’m freinds with both and I’ve never heard a word of repentance uttered from their mouths, just the usual “ooops I messed up”.
    That’s not why we left though. I started teaching some Reformed Theology in my Wednesday night class and was told I was heading in a different direction than the church and was ask to worship elsewhere.

  2. Ben Davis says:

    So… You’re better off being a fornicator than a Calvinist?? Haha – oh man. That’s bad…

  3. Lifecypha says:

    That’s the way seems. We are attending a church now that has a new Pastor. We have already had to have a meeting with some of the leadership in the church, because of my theology. We are praying about becoming members and have the support of the Pastor, but we are still not so sure if we’ll be accepted the by the congragation. :(

  4. Jon says:

    It’s so hard finding a real church. My father and I attend a local Nazarene church that is throughly arminian in their theology. Mostly from ignorance, not because they flatly reject reformed theology. The Bible study we attend is far more beneficial than the actual church service. The music program is far too long and the pastor just seems to pick topics at random out of the Bible to give a “message of the day” sermon. Not fulfilling in the slightest. I pray that we can all find fully Biblical churches, who are doctrinally sound and not afraid to preach from the Bible.

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  6. Art says:

    This issue affects all church’s today. The main reason is that we have lost the view of what the church is. They church is not a building housing programs (ministries) or a place to hang out or just somewhere you go on Sunday or some new temporary organization that God established to deal with those on his B-list, the Gentiles. In a recent blog post I wrote “…I define the church as the body of believers, chosen before the foundation of the world, and gathered by God, for His glory, united through the Gospel, through which He will accomplish His purpose on earth.” In reality, church is the believer’s identity. All who are called and gathered by God, with circumsized hearts, worship him in a corporate setting.

    I can relate to Lifecypha. I live in a rural area where the churches tend to be either legalistic or libertine. All are man-centered and are always concerned about “the numbers” or appearance relative to other churches. My family drives 40 miles to a church who’s sole purpose is the worship of God.


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