Summary: The church was ushered in in a blaze of glory changing everything and everyone it cane in contact with. It is against God’s will for it to be a lifeless, ritualistic practice that it has become today.
“The Four Spirits Operating in the Church Today”
District Elder Melvin L., Maughmer, Jr.
Subtopic: Enee, Meene, Miney, Moe.
TEXT COMBINED:- “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lust shall they heap to themselves teachers having itching ears: Therefore, be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. However, woe to them that are at ease in Zion, for behold I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. Therefore, hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.”
OPENING: - We are in a spiritual battle fighting against principalities, powers, and spiritual wickedness and it is highly damaging to the church the effect that is taking place in the church because the god of this world has blinded the eyes of the church by the highly sophisticated spiritual weaponry that he uses to fight, not just against, but in the church today.
The Bible says in Acts 2:1-4 “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Verses 41-47 talk about the 3000 souls that were added to church, how they continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and in fellowship, breaking bread and prayer, how signs and wonders were done in the early church, there was unity in the early church because the Bible says they had all things common, they praised God, they had favor with people, and God added to the church daily.
UNDERSTAND:- On the Day of Pentecost the Holy Ghost demonstrably transformed the lives of those in the upper room, amazed the nations, convicted, convinced, and converted the lives of over 3000 souls ushering in a new era and entity know as the church and the church age, this was literally the dawn of a new dispensation. The church literally began in a blaze of Glory. I don’t believe God ever intended for the church to be ushered in with power and glory and authority only to decline to an empty, lifeless, ritualistic practice that co-exist with the world instead of transforming everything it comes in contact with. However, since the church is being blinded by the god of this world it is failing to complete it purpose in the world.
The Bible says in Matt. 5:13 “Ye (church) are the salt of the earth: but if the salt (church) has lost its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing but to be trodden under foot of men”. Now we know that here Jesus was talking to the disciples, but He was also talking to the church as well. How- Because the disciples were the fore-fathers of the church and those that come into the church (Body of Christ) are the spiritual seed of the disciples; therefore, when Jesus said Ye to the disciples He was also talking to the spiritual seed that was to come from the disciples the Church. So for the church not to transform everything that it comes in contact with I believe is contrary to the Will of God based upon His Word.
God’s purpose for the church was and still is to be the Ekklesia, a people called out of the world that through the power of the Holy Ghost would ignite a revival in the world, awakening the conscience of those that are blinded by sin to the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ, leading many sons and daughters into glory, transforming everything it comes in contact with, and being the lights of the world leading lost souls out of darkness into the marvelous light of Jesus Christ. However, the church is failing in its purpose because they have become complacent settling for mediocrity by not having a spirit of excellence. Just look around Mediocrity says it’s o.k. to come to church an hour after service is started. Mediocrity says it’s o.k. if I don’t go today. Mediocrity says it’s o.k. if I don’t fulfill my position someone will do it for me. Mediocrity says Sunday school isn’t for me that’s too early in the morning – O Zion what’s the matter now. The church has literally just sat back and now Zion instead of transforming the world is now at ease in the world. All kinds of stuff goes on and the church just sits back and says well that’s alright this will pass, instead of getting some Holy Ghost attitude and saying Hell – No were not going to take it any more – O Zion what’s the matter now, we have become at ease in the world.