(Post by: Lilly Hobbs)

As my family and I have done ministry across the United States, I have come to realize that many churches are dying off. So many of the leaders are discouraged. They can’t get any new people in their doors; especially young people. No matter how many programs they try, they cannot grow.

Why? Where did we go wrong? What did we mess up?

Well, let’s take a look at Colossians 2:8-10 which says, “Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elements of the world, rather than Christ. For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ, and you have been filled by Him, who is the head over every ruler and authority.” CSB

So based off that verse, could this be where Church went wrong?

  1. We have made Christianity and Church all about philosophy and human tradition based on what the world says and even looks like.
  2. Once we did that, we lost the true nature of Christ. We forgot that it’s about Jesus and advancing His kingdom.

Look at all the areas where Christians get together to worship Jesus in secret because of persecution; they’re thriving! New people are coming in willing to risk jail, torture, and even their own lives! They are making new believers because they are not silent, despite a great cost.


Because they know that it’s about Jesus and not about routine and rituals! They know that they have been filled with the Holy Spirit and have power!

That’s why they are packing their homes and the other places they meet.

However, there is a bold truth that the American Church doesn’t want to hear… Once you start making Church a chore and all about tradition and philosophy, people will STOP coming. Why? Because you have lost what they actually NEED, in an attempt to give them what you think they WANT.

Richard Greene, Keystone Discipleship Project founder, once said, “What you win them by is what you win them to.” So, if we win people into our church by entertainment & flashy programs, then we are winning them to a false, and very shallow faith.

Leonard Ravenhill once said, “The church that is man-managed instead of God-governed is doomed to failure. A ministry that is college-trained, but not Spirit-filled, works no miracles.”

Church went wrong when we lost Jesus!

You see, we put so much effort and time into developing programs or events like Easter egg hunts, movie nights, Vacation Bible Schools, or youth overnights and then forget to even leave time to share the Gospel. We neglect to share the single most important thing with folks because we don’t have time in the business of “church”.

Guys! This is our reality, and we need to wake up to it!

David Platt once said this, “We have a dangerous tendency to misunderstand, minimize, and even manipulate the Gospel in order to accommodate our assumptions and our desires.”

To put it plainly, a lot of Christians do not grasp the power of Jesus and what He did for us on the cross. Many do not understand or appreciate their Salvation that came through the blood shed on Calvary!

I mean, people in the persecuted church are walking miles and miles on foot to worship Jesus in secret! While the American church is complaining about how hard it is to get in our cars and drive a couple minutes to 2nd service!

Our persecuted brothers and sisters truly appreciate Jesus, and what He did for them. They count it a privilege to walk a few miles in the crazy heat to worship Him! They actually long to worship Jesus!

If only the American church could get back to her first love and ditch the whole man-made tradition and routine idea. Only then, will we experience Him and His holy presence and begin to see an ushering in of repentance poured out among the nations of this sinful world.

“You never have to advertise a fire. Everyone comes running when there’s a fire. Likewise, if your church is on fire, you will not have to advertise it. The community will already know it.”    -Leonard Ravenhill


~Do you genuinely understand and appreciate your Salvation?

~How can you help your church get back to Jesus and the only true purpose of church?

~Are you on fire? Do other people see that?


Add yours

  1. I really like this post! I feel like I understand my salvation very well and I am very thankful for it. But one thing I feel lke I struggle with is under-appreciating it. I feel like sometimes I don’t worship God in a way that truly shows I am thankful for Jesus dying on the cross and doing it willingly. It is definitely something I personally need to work on. I feel like we can help our churches a lot when we set the example of what it looks like to live radically. Show them that worshiping Jesus isn’t a chore it is a privelage that we so often take advantage of and show them that true worship should be something we should all enjoy immensely and willingly do without our parents or guardians making us come do. I truly hope that people can see that I am on fire and would want to know why I am different from so many other people around them.

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  2. I can help the church by spreading the word to people around me and going out to places and spreading the word of Jesus. I do my best to show my love for Jesus to other people and show I am on fire, hoping it will make them want to be on fire for Jesus like my group & I are.

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  3. I think that I understood my salvation well, I mean understand that I needed Jesus in my life and I need to grow as his child. I feel one of the ways that I can help my church would be by, bringing up some questions that I’ve had about God. This way we might start to discuss these questions in church.

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  4. I understand and really appreciate my salvation. I love sharing the gospel with others and knowing that someday I will be in Heaven and have the best life I could have. I think I could help the church by showing them that coming to a church is not a punishment, it’s a gift, a great opportunity God has given us to worship him. I am on fire a lot because I’m crazy about God. I know others see it cause they say things about it all of the time. I love that. I love talking to people about it and just trying to help them understand why my fire is burning so bright for Jesus and that there’s can too.


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