I am curious about something today, if you have ever seen this happen, please let me know. What I am wondering is this, have you ever been present on a Sunday morning when, during the sermon, the pastor has called on someone to stand up and answer a question? I have never seen it happen, and so I wonder, why do many of the people in attendance sit in the pews furthest to the back? Are they hoping to beat the rush out when the service is over, so they don’t have to wait so long in the parking lot?
Here is another one, this one you have probably been present for, as the pastor is offering his final prayer of the morning’s service, all heads bowed and eyes closed please, he begins to walk to the back of the church as he prays. “Thanks for coming.” “So good to see you.” “See you next Sunday.” Five minutes, usually at the most, and the building is empty.
“I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.” (Amos 5:21) Do you think the Lord Jesus Christ is present in your service on Sundays, or do you think He stopped knocking on the door of that building years ago.
Routine, repetition, repeat ad Infinium, and call it a worship service.
Do you think the Almighty would call what happens in your church on Sunday morning worship? I don’t know, I’m not there, you are, and so, if you are filled with the Holy Spirit, if your life’s energy is spent on glorifying God in everything you do, and this short letter reflects your church, why are you there? “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Heb. 10:25)
Are they your brothers and sisters in Christ? Are you sure? Or are they just the usual faces there each Sunday, with the usual worldly banter before and after the service? I don’t know, I’m not there, but you are.
Want to be ostracized quickly? Bring up these items mentioned in this short poorly written letter and see what happens, see if you’re still accepted as “one of the gang.” Who is more detestable, Romanism with their works-based cult, or a group of people pretending to worship, whose lives are, sort of, devoted to the living God for an hour or so each Sunday morning?
Why would they sit clear in the back, why does the pastor feel it’s necessary to thank people for coming, don’t they want to be there, isn’t it expected of the people of God to congregate together, to fall on their knees in adoration and praise of His Holy name, to beg for guidance, strength and power to stand in these evil days, to die if that is what He calls them to do.
Maybe the people in those back rows just want to be the first one to shake the pastor’s hand, you think? “See you next week, same place, same time, same repetition of feigned worship.” Oops, wasn’t supposed to say that part.
“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (2nd Tim. 2:19)
Are you? Are you one of His? Or are you a Sunday morning Christian, and then a man or woman of the world the rest of the week?
I don’t know, you do though.