Summary: We live in such a mobile society, it is easier to move than to have a change of heart. We have eroded confidence, then we want to run away. We are breeding divorce and church hopping.
DO WE HAVE TO HAVE A CHANGE OF LOCATION? OR A CHANGE
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
I do this is two parts...
Luke 21:26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
2 Tim. 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
To diminish, to destroy by degrees.
To eat into or to eat away by slow, gradual destruction.
To slowly deteriorate
I. WE LIVE IN THE MOST MOBILE SOCIETY THAT HAS EVER LIVED!
A. In Biblical times few people ever went 100 miles away from their birth place.
People stayed very close to where they were born.
B. Traditions and lack of good, fast transportation, poor road systems, and often a lack of education kept most individuals and families land locked to the places of their family’s history.
C. Because of this land locking effect of the times, neighbors knew their neighbors, neighbors were often family or married to family, and everybody knew their neighbors.
D. Life has changed, we are a mobile society and often we do not know who our neighbors or their family history?
E. We are capable of moving very easy? We can run from our problems.
F. We have the abilitiy to change in appearance, mood, and purpose!
We are a very adaptable, versatile people.
G. We have vehicles and roads to transport us to new places very quickly.
H. It seems much easier to talk faith than to walk by faith?
II. WE ARE A SOCIETY OF OFTEN CHANGES, AND FEW CORRECTIONS?
I DON’T LIKE YOU! SO I WILL JUST GO... RUN AWAY ...
A. We get mad at church --- we get mad at some person or we get mad at the Preacher, so we will just find us another church.
B. A group of people will get mad at another group of people, and we will go across the street and build another church. Then we call this growth?
C. We are so mobile that people make a circuit from this church to that church to that church, and then the pastors have changed and we start our circle all over again.
D. I knew a lady that bought a church a beautiful organ, when she was mad at the Pastor or someone in church she had a sheet and she would cover up the Kimball organ and they were not allowed to use it.
The church had an Evangelist that did not know this.
They introduced him and he pulled the sheet off the organ and began to play and sing. There was war after the service?
See, the lady forget that when that organ was in the church, it belonged to God.
She was an Indian giver?
E. I can take you a little farther in this story.
Pastors did not stay at this church very long, strangely enough they would get a better opportunity at another church and they would take it.
One young pastor had the men carry the organ, load it in a pick up truck, and take it to the old woman’s house, they knocked on the door and carried the organ in...
F. NOW THE REST OF THE STORY...
Mice and rats took up residency in the organ, and over a period of time, the rats had picked off the plastic linings of the wires and the organ looked good, but it was not playable.
G. I was in another church one night playing music.
Two ladies got in a fist fight over who was going to play the piano that night for service. One lady yelled while laying in the floor, I can play better than you?
The other said, Yes, but I can fight better than you?
Who won that night?
Now don’t you know Jesus was so happy about this childish behavior?
III. IT IS EASIER TO GET A DIVORCE THAN TO CORRECT WHAT IS WRONG!
A. God gave man a special gift that most nature does not have.
B. A good family is an incredible act of hope.
C. We can change. We can adapt.
D. How insane is it to want things differently and keep doing things the same old way?
E. DO WE ADAPT?
We need to make fit for a specific or new use or situation by modification.
F. How about reconcile? Adjust? Harmony? Unity? Accommodate?
G. A dog is a dog, his behavior is as a dog.
He does not think ahead, he is a dog.