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D. AT ONE TIME, MOST EVERY CHURCH FOUNDED WAS ALIVE AND VIBRANT, BUT THEN THAT CHURCH BECOMES FOCUSED INWARD, AND THEY THINK ONLY OF THEMSELVES.

E. IT’S LIKE A CHURCH IN DALLAS I KNOW MUCH ABOUT, THAT STARTED WITH A LOT OF EVANGELISTIC ZEAL AND FERVOR, SO THEY BUILT A BIG BUILDING SEATING 700 AND PUT A BIG SIGN OUTSIDE THE CHURCH THAT SAID, “JESUS ONLY.”

1. BUT THROUGH THE YEARS THEY LOST THEIR VISION AND PURPOSE.

F. THE CHURCH BEGAN TO DETERIORATE AND DECLINE IN NUMBERS, AS DID THE LANDSCAPING WHERE THEY ALLOWED IVY TO GROW OVER THE SIGN UNTIL THE “JES” WAS COMPLETELY COVERED UP, AND THE SIGN INSTEAD OF SAYING, “JESUS ONLY” NOW READS, “US ONLY” AND THE 40 PEOPLE WHO NOW ATTEND THERE ARE TOTALLY OBLIVIOUS TO WHAT THEY ARE ADVERTISING.

G. CHURCHES DIE WHEN THEIR FOCUS TURNS INWARD TO THEMSELVES, AND THEY FORGET THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE AROUND THEM WHO ARE DYING AND GOING TO HELL

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