Indicators of Church Health:
- The culture
- Statistics of addictive behaviors, including pornography
- Marriage statistics
How well are we doing?
It begins with our view of God.
We have fragmented Him.
We are continually told that [only] the Holy Spirit is in us.
In our thinking and belief, the Father and Son are somewhere in a distant heaven, far from helping us.
And, our perceived internal spiritual fortress constructed of the Holy Spirit and us is continually hammered into failure.
We’re not doing well.
As a consequence of being taught an incomplete relationship with God, we don’t change.
So, our insufficiency needs to be justified.
Hence, we’ve believed a fallacy of a continuing sin nature in Christ.
We’re faultily told, “You’re still sinning, because your holy, redeemed new self still has a sinful nature.”
We’re believing that God didn’t change us all that much….
Not at the core.
Maybe He just forgave us, and we’re much the same as before.
Then, we start wondering, “Am I saved? My life doesn’t much look like it!”
So, we’ve justified failure with Once Saved, Always Saved (OSAS).
We’re told, “If you had faith at the beginning, then you’ll be always saved, even if you’re faithless at the end!”
What? Someone believes that being faithless at the end is the mark of a saved person? Outrageous! Faith is required at beloved beginning and enduring end.
These costly errors flow from an invalid premise, which says that God is not fully invested in you. He left you incomplete.
God wants to change the world through you, and He is willing and able to do it with you!
And in Him, SO DO YOU!