Saturday, January 4, 2014

The Cappuccino Church

We are living in a critical time in which spirituality in the church is near an all-time low and immorality in society is near an all-time high. The pulpits of the land have lost their influence upon society because they have let the world into the church and cheapened the Gospel message in an attempt to grow their church campus. Many church members profess to know Christ, but their lives do not display the evidence of true conversion.

When George Whitfield, the great British evangelist, came to America in 1740 during the Great Awakening, he was asked by a Boston minister, “Mr. Whitfield, how many converts have you had since you’ve been among us?” To which the great Whitfield replied, “I don’t know, sir, but I shall return to these parts in a year or two and look for the evidence of their salvation.” Few church members today demonstrate credible evidence of their salvation.

Listen friends, when the church fails to carry out the mandate of the Great Commission and proactively storm the gates of hell, then a vacuum is created. The vacuum begins within the church until the church compromises the Gospel message, places man and his needs as the center and focus of the church and everything rotates around the happiness of man.

My message tonight is on the apostate church in America. It is entitled “The Cappuccino Church” because it’s all froth and no substance. I am not insinuating that the entire institutional church in America is apostate, please don’t misunderstand me. There are many sound Christian churches throughout our land with solid shepherds leading them, but I have seen a drastic change in a majority of churches that have cheapened the Gospel message with the express purpose of growing their church. They’ve made it a lot easier to become a Christian than what Jesus stated. Jesus said, “The way is narrow and the passage difficult.” He said, “Unless you repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” I have been around for a long time and have witnessed the tragic spiritual declension of the church in America. It breaks my heart to bring this message tonight but I must unburden my heart of what the Lord has given me regarding the church in America today.

Read the full message by E.A. Johnston here or listen below.

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