Scotland is not the only nation who has churches closing, and a growing disinterest in the Christian faith. It is easy to see in our own culture how many have turned to secular humanism as their religion of choice. Relativism rules the day where what is true for you may not be true for me. In the book of Revelation, we see this in the Church at Laodicea (Chapter 3:14-22): "14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write the following:
|National Covenant of 1638|
Our Lord Jesus Christ rightly pointed out that this church was only lukewarm. There was no fire to be found in their hearts; instead, they were satisfied with where they were and with what they had. They didn't need anything or so they thought. The sad part was that this church had lost its love for Jesus Christ. They had taken their faith, put it under a glass frame and tucked it on the side of the church building so it would not be in the way. Yet, according to the Lord, they were wretched, poor, pitiful, blind and naked in their ignorance. Are we not the same when we neglect the elemental study of God's Word to seek out His wisdom, search His doctrine and find His truth? Trusting in ourselves will gain us nothing but hungering and thirsting after His righteousness will enrich our lives and stoke the fire of faith.
Never has there been a more important time in our history than now to revive our souls through repentance, study of His Word, and prayer. Revival, renewal and restoration come when we begin in our own lives first and then carry the fire of God's truth to others. This is how we change hearts and lives through the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If we want more effective churches, more genuine preaching and a change in our culture, we need to be willing to begin in our lives. Then, like the covenanters, we must be willing to take a stand for truth despite the consequences. Our churches are not meant to be a museum for saints where we remember great times in the past. They are to be, instead, a place where the fire of faith burns brightly based upon God's Word. Jesus said to the Laodicean Church that He stands at the door and knocks. The question is, "Will we be willing to open it quickly and allow His presence to fill us up?" Let us pray for our churches everywhere that the fire of God's truth will be kindled in hearts anew. Selah!