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The dying church by Deon Crafford

Revelation 3:1-3And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. “‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.

We know that the seven letters written to the churches in Asia Minor are all still applicable to the church today, none more so than the letter to Sardis. The last two, maybe three decades have seen a proliferation of churches spring up all over the world. If these churches were indeed spiritually alive, we would have seen an entirely different society in which moral decay and indifference would not have been as dominant as it is. Unfortunately the church has become a place to hide, a safe place where people can come to confirm that they know God, to participate in worshipping Him and then to declare Him irrelevant for the world through their inaction and deadness. If the church was erased from society today, would it even be noticed and if so why and by whom? Probably only by its attendees, and that is the single biggest Sardis moment for all who lead and fill churches today. We spend so much effort in luring people to our whitewashed tombs, only for them to come and die in irrelevance and non-impact. Look across our congregations today and ask yourself if we really matter to anyone or anything in the world – to the downtrodden, the ostracised, the voiceless, the lost, the unfulfilled or to the corrupt political and business leaders who keep feeding on their own people. Or do we see happy faces who bask in the “presence” of the Spirit, but behind whose eyes there is a deep nothingness. Is the church “restless in purpose” or “resting in peace”?

Love to all

DC