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Except You Repent

“The American gospel has evolved into a gospel of addition without subtraction. It is the belief that we can add Christ to our lives but not subtract sin. It is a change in belief without a change in behavior… Every new generation of believers must be discipled. Once shown how to add Christ to their lives, they must be taught how to subtract sin-and to obey.”  Patrick Morley.

It has been a long time since I witnessed a church service where the Spirit of God moved across a congregation to bring true brokenness over sin, earnest prayers to beg for God’s mercy, a genuine repentance of where we stand in relationship to God, and an urgent plea for a fresh and powerful filling of the Holy Spirit.

Everyone is highly busy, but spiritual productivity is at a low ebb.  Sin continues to proliferate while true Godliness that changes a nation is not in view.  Recently, I read a post about the top sites that are requested by Google Searches.  What is “telling” is what America is not seeking on Google.

Perhaps even more enlightening is what’s missing from the lists of top Google searches. In my admittedly highly unscientific study, I could not find a single list where the Bible or God was listed in the top 100. Mind you, pornographic content was listed four times in the top 100 but absolutely nothing religious. 

Think about this: if Google processes roughly 40,000 searches every second, or 3.5 billion searches per day, and God isn’t even in the top 100 searches–Houston, we have a problem. Our culture is clearly searching for answers to life’s tough questions but doing so in ways that will not offer the true wisdom that only God provides. 

Who should our culture be searching for?

God is the only source for those seeking true wisdom and answers to life’s toughest questions. Solomon said it best: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10).  (THE DENISON ARTICLE, Jim Denison, August 15, 2018).

Our fathers and mothers looked well to the root of the tree and were willing to wait with patience
for the fruit to appear.  We demand the fruit immediately even though the root may be weak
and knobby or missing altogether.  Impatient Christians today explain away the simple beliefs
of the saints of other days and smile off their serious-minded approach to God and sacred things.

Much that passes for Christianity today is the brief bright effort of the severed branch to bring forth its fruit in its season.  But the deep laws of life are against it.  Preoccupation with appearances and a corresponding neglect of the out-of-sight root of the true spiritual life are prophetic signs which go unheeded.  Immediate “results” are all that matter, quick proofs of present success without a thought of next week or next year. . .. Bear your cross, follow your Lord and pay no heed to the passing religious vogue.  The masses are always wrong.  In every generation the number of righteous is small.  Be sure you are among them.  (A.W. Tozer).