"95 THESES to the MODERN EVANGELICAL CHURCH" -by Greg Gordon. [Founder of Sermonindex.net] 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. Weve 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 isnt 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 Gods 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 todays 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. Gods 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 theres no sense of Gods presence. (1Cor 5:4; Ps 80:14-15; Jer 12:11) 47. Run from churches where youre 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 Gods revelation. (Col 2:8; Rom 1:25; Gal 1:6) 59. Decisionism and the sinners 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 churchs 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 worlds goods does 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 Gods blessing to the world; an unholy church is Gods 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! 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