The Church is great. The Church is growing. We’ve got mega churches! We’ve got satellite churches. We’ve got multi-site churches. The Church is great. Fantastic. Never been better.
So then why did I hear just this week about someone who was afraid to come into a church building for a function because of the things that person had done? What has the Church done to make sinners believe that they are unwelcome in a church?
Because the church has made sinners unwelcome.
I’ve also heard of a local church that insists that any homeless person who wishes to attend a service has to sit in a different room where the message is streamed on a screen. We wouldn’t want to offend the regular members, would we?
Have we lost the focus of what church is all about? Church is all about sinners. People who were sinners and have found salvation and people who are still sinners who are looking for salvation. The Church, in many cases, has effectively cut off the supply that that Lord has given us.
O Israel, hope in the Lord;
for with the Lord there is unfailing love
and an overflowing supply of salvation.
Psalm 130:7 (NLT)
Where is this supply of salvation for the lost? Where is this supply of salvation for the lonely? Why has the Church hoarded it for themselves?
If we have been so greatly pardoned, why would we not want to lead others to receive that very same pardon?
Lord, if you keep a record of our sins,
who, O Lord, could ever survive?
But you offer forgiveness,
that we might learn to fear you.
Psalm 130:3-4 (NLT)
As often as we can, we should be flinging wide the doors of the church calling to the hurt, the lost, the lonely, and the sinners.
Come ye sinners the poor and needy
Weak and wounded sick and sore
And Jesus ready stands to save you
Full of pity love and power
Come ye weary heavy laden
Lost and ruined by the fall
And if you tarry until you’re better
You will never come at all
Come Ye Sinners, Dan Hamilton | Joseph Hart | Robbie Seay | Ryan Owens | Taylor Johnson
Daily Bible reading: Psalm 128-131, 1 Corinthians 7:25-40