Summary: This is a sermon about agressive evanglelism.
A Call To The Church
From the southern most tip of Florida to the northern most point of Maine, from the shores of Virginia, across the great Mid-west plains unto the star-studded coast of California, our nation has built many prisons in hopes of solving the ever-increasing problem of crime, violence and social decay. Nevertheless, it seems like the faster we build; the quicker they fill. For every criminal that is lock up, two has to be let go. The question that rings in our ears is who is to blame.
Our streets are constantly filled with violence. From the White Church to the schoolchurch to the crack church, our people are being gunned down. Our men and women are hooked and obsessed with themselves. Our children watch and listen to violence on television and on the radio, then turn on who ever they can find to act out what they have learned. The question that rings in our ears is who is to blame.
Parents are killing their children and children are killing their parents. We put pressure on our elected officials in hopes of solving our escalating problems. But the crisis continues. We spend endless amounts of time, energy, and money conducting one survey after another in hope of finding the answer to our ever-increasing problems. Yet, we still do not know whom to blame.
Some try to blame God for our problems. After all, He is to one who made man. Nevertheless, He is not the cause of our problems. We place some of the blame on Lucifer, the fallen archangel of God. After all, he did talk man into sinning. Nevertheless, he is not the reason for our problems. In our quest to find someone to pin the blame on, we must realize that the problem and the blame lie only with us. We are to blame for the way our society has become. We are to blame because we have turned away from the ways of God. We have been doing things anyway, we see fit. Because of this, man is to blame.
My brothers and sisters, I stand here today to tell you that I charge humankind. I charge us of being the greatest murderers on the face of the earth. I charge us of being the greatest destroyers. I charge us of being the greatest liars, and the greatest thief on the face of the earth. There is not much good that can be said about the human race, because everywhere we go we create destruction and havoc. So, I charge us.
Furthermore we are guilty as charged. We are guilty as charged because the evidence is before us. The evidence is in our prisons. The evidence is in our homes. The evidence is in our schools and in our churches. Because of the path we have chosen to take, we have brought disease, crime, and destruction into our communities. Murder, rape, and homosexuality have become common in our lives. In spite of what the Word of God says, we do not have a problem with it.
We seek to make a profit off the diseases that has infested our people, by selling them high priced cures that does more harm than good. We sell religion to the masses by wrapping it and calling it Television Evangelism. We seek to justify murder, by making abortions legal. We have tried to change what God has called sin by calling it an alternative lifestyle. However, there is a price to pay. That price is the many problems we now face. This is why we are to blame.
However, there is hope. Amid the boiling stew pot of international strife, confusion, and rebellion, beyond the smog-covered turmoil of urban violence, corruption, and social decay, there is a fresh breeze blowing. It is a breeze capable of cooling the stew and blowing away the smog. Something exciting is happening to the churches around the country. Like the rushing mighty wind, whose sound filled the church at Pentecost, this something is a breeze that reverberates as surely as it refreshes.
This breeze is the Holy Spirit of God. He is filling people with insight as well as inspiration, blessings and power. He is the Spirit of wisdom and revelation that not only inspired the writings of the Holy Scriptures but also breathes insight into the wisdom of the Word of God. The church, upon receiving this power, must get the gospel of Jesus out into the streets to the hurt and lost. For too long, we have sat still and watched as the unholy angels of Lucifer brought drugs, violence and moral decay to our front door. Now, it is time for us to stand up and say loudly, we will not take it anymore.