Jeremiah 7:11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD.
Matthew 21:13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
The church of Christ, the post resurrection church functioned with a full mandate and knowing from the onset, their task. this they face without blinking or distraction; they never wavered nor stop from these task. the act of the apostles is replete with their experiences in the hands of fellowmen and roman soldiers and the roman government. Tortured beaten, chained, imprisoned with hands and feet bound in stocks, but any time of respite they stood their ground and refused to renounce their faith and their confession of the lord Jesus as savior. See this example in Acts 4:10; Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. To say that today’s church is resting on its laurel is saying the obvious. evangelism which is telling others about the good news is been relegated to the backburner in place of activities to entertain our canal desires o. Evangelism the supreme task of the church is no-longer part of the church mission. instead crusades which at the end the offerings matters more than the follow-ups. many go to evangelism today just to witness the pomp and the royal ovation such men of God are given. Let us go back to the old-time religion like they say: Tell others about the God of love, how His son came to rescue man from the hold of the Devil and give us life eternal if only we believe and confess. Acts 16:29-31 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. A typical church of today is where the women’s leader also sell her wares to her group members, where gossiping is rife, where fight with the ushers is common. where messages are applauded because it meets their ego needs and demand their perceived enemies. Evangelism, Holiness Love and forgiveness hardly attracted an approval nod let alone an applause. the man of God is forced to judge reach of his message based on their approval not what the Spirit led him to preach. The church of God today must know that evangelism or soul winning is not a gift, but a task carried out by all who are saved. The ultimate goal of a believer is not to get a position in the church and others are under you, but to go out and tell theirs about what the Lord has accomplish in his/her life, too. Peace, forgiveness, joy longsuffering, contentment, love for others and exerting faith and being prayer full. Not until this is observed the words of our savior in the opening line will continue to be experience in todays churches. Soon will shall have who do not go to church because what they observed in the church does not meet the demands of the lord and when they speak they are chided or called names. This when pastors spiritually feel the pause of the church and know where they are lacking. Revelation 3:15-16 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. That is the Spirit addressing a church, but what if the Spirit of God is not in a church? God help us.