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This too must cease

by Clement Lartey
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THIS TOO MUST CEASE

 

A great number of things have crept and gained grounds in the lives of many Christians. A major bedevilling effect of these creeping things is that gradually they are introducing the world into the Church. These things must cease. Unannounced, without fear and without shame some of these things have made themselves comfortable in our Christian walk as though we began with them. Not at all.

Permit me to draw your attention to some of these dangerous elements to which I say “this too must cease”. Spare me some of your precious time (as you have it) to share with you how these creeping things are crippling the church in our time and some pragmatic ways of addressing/dealing with them. Amongst the things that must cease and not be witnessed among us include;

  1. Church is boring: let’s spice the style of worship
  2. Dodging the opening prayer
  3. I won’t give my tithe (10% ) to fatten the man of God

These are from the world and have no inspiration from God. These and any such things that have crept into the Church must cease.

 

  1. Church is boring: let’s spice the style of worship

These days, it is easy to hear believers say without hesitation that “church is boring, we need to spice the style of worship”. Ladies and gentlemen, how can church be boring? And by style do we now seek to please God with our style of worship? As if that is what he considers.

Church is not a boring place and God is certainly not boring. So, if you have ever conceived such a thought, repent. Pay close attention to scriptures and tell if there was an instant that man encountered God and the meeting was boring. This then means that often many attend church as a formality rather than to meet God. Because meeting God is never boring.

The Psalmist said, “I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord”. (Psalm 122:1). The question that comes to mind is, how! I mean how can coming to the presence of God be boring? In your small way come to God with an open heart, with thankfulness, with an expectation to experience His power and glory. Church is never boring, to this I say this too must cease!

 

  1. Dodging the opening prayer

Prayerlessness has rendered many believers dormant in churches. They go to church, they sing, dance and partake in all but one part of the service which is prayer. They will arrive 30-45mins late in order to miss the opening prayer. When there is a prayer session during the service you see them leave for water, the washroom or to answer a phone call. They will find something doing in church but pray. This too must cease!

These trends have contributed to many believers chasing men of God around for prayers and prophetic messages. The Bible says; “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission” (Hebrews 5:7).

Beloved, Jesus prayed, He taught the disciples how to pray and encouraged them to pray for long not to get tired of praying (Matthew 6:9-11, 26:40). So deliberately missing prayer sessions is clearly out of place. This too must cease!

 

  1. I won’t give my tithe (10%) to fatten the man of God

I have personally been told by a senior that “instead of taking tithe to the church for some pastor to enjoy with his family, I will support the poor on the streets with the money”. Hmmm. The instructions about tithe on what and how to give are provided in scripture. If you have been carried away by such sweet talk as giving your tithe to the poor, I’m sorry to tell you, it’s not the right way.

This simply brings to mind the very words Judas spoke, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages”. (John 12:5). Later we learn that he didn’t care about the poor than he did his pocket. What an excuse to give, just to spend 10% when you have 90% to yourself. This too must cease!

It is my prayer that this understanding I have will be with you also that, money offered in Church is to God, not man. An offering is a covenant and when it comes to tithes, God instructs us to test Him. Again, to tell you the truth the pastors must receive the tithe (Deuteronomy 26:1-4).

Do not consider yourself wiser if you are not paying your tithes. To your shame, I say you are being ungrateful. For what do you have that you did not receive? Perhaps you have been blessed purposely to support the church and the spreading of the gospel with your money. Why then do you murmur and refuse to pay your tithes. This too must cease!

 

Finally, these and several other things that have gained roots in our walk with God must be cut off. At no point is God boring, such a thought or view should not be entertained. Similarly, the influx of styles in order to make church entertaining must not lead us astray from worshipping God in Spirit and in truth because that is the most important thing, not the “style”. About tithing, I pray your tithe increases because as the value of 10% increases, so does the value of 90%, not just that but there will be money to support the work of the ministry. Together let’s worship God as we say to each of these strangers; “This too must cease”

 

God bless you

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