The Church is suffering because of ignorance of God. His Word is largely unread and the study of God disdained. Where has this brought Christianity? Spiritual ruin. We are a spiritually shallow people. Jesus is still saving people, but spiritually shallow people are the result. Discipleship and training have taken on the form of trying to put more faces in the crowd, instead of teaching and training people so they are complete/mature in the faith.
We have been treating symptoms instead of the disease. In our search for significance we have traded authenticity for appearance. People are battered in the storms of life because, although Christ is their foundation, they are living in straw houses (1 Cor. 3:10-15). Christian leaders, including myself, have been giving people inadequate building materials. People need adequate materials, the core doctrines of the Word of God, to become everything God has saved them to become (Eph. 4:11-16). We need to toss this nonsense, felt-needs fluff curriculum, out the window. Actually for fear that someone else would use it, burn it! I am ashamed of myself for handing people inadequate building material, God forgive me. What a fool I have been! God’s own Word tells me that the Holy Spirit through the Word of God is what builds people’s lives (2 Tim. 3:14-17). The core doctrines of the Word of God, these are the bricks needed to build upon the foundation of Christ (1 Cor. 3:10-11).
May God be gracious to help us live and lead according to His Word. May God help us to give people the bricks they need to build their lives (Col. 1:28-29).