Unlocking the Perfect Church, Part 7 of 7 Characteristics of a Perfect Church

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Consider this scenario with me. Church goers all across America show up next Sunday, only to find the doors padlocked. Signs are plastered across the front of every church. The message is clear. “No gathering in God’s Name allowed. Anyone who enters this building will be prosecuted.”

What would we do? Some of us might shake our heads on the way to our favorite club or restaurant. Over brunch, we would probably bemoan the fact that another American institution has died for the sake of progress.

For those of us who attend church out of mere habit, it won’t be difficult for us to fill the void with something else, something less controversial.

The question is what would you and I do? Would we determine to find a place to secretly meet together? to encourage one another and to pray with sincere hearts fully trusting God to protect us? (Hebrews 10:19-25)

This scenario isn’t so far fetched, is it? Let’s face it. America is no longer united as one nation under God. In fact, we’re not united in anything. Instead, we’ve become polarized by political correctness and situational ethics.

The Bible speaks of a day when wrong will be right and right will be wrong. (Isaiah 5:20) It seems that day has come. We now live in a society with no absolutes, where freedom is defined as “anything goes.” And if we adhere to biblical values and moral standards, we’re branded as bigots.

Of course, we believe in freedom for all. But we don’t believe in freedom from values, moral absolutes and the right to trust in God and His Word as the foundation of our society.

However, we do believe in freedom from tyranny, dictatorship and/or government control. Our country was founded on the premise of liberty and justice for all. But somehow this policy has been twisted to mean dependence on the government rather than on God. And justice has become more of a joke than a pursuit of what’s right for everyone.

And yes, we believe in the freedom of worship. But only the nation that honors God is secure enough to allow religions of all kinds to thrive within its borders. When God is removed from or ignored by a society, insecurity and competition result in chaos.

Is this not where we are today in America? A country where the lack of moral absolutes has led to rampant immorality? Someone once said, “If God doesn’t punish America, He will need to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”

The potential for ruin resides in the heart of every society. Jesus encountered the same disturbing trend of pride and rebellion among the people of His day. As a result, He “began to denounce the towns where he had done so many miracles, because they hadn’t repented of their sins and turned to God.” (Matthew 11:20)

Jesus hated the sin that gripped the people. But He loved the sinners enough to eventually die for them. Surely, His heart was heavy when He concluded, “For if the miracles I did for you had been done in wicked Sodom, it would still be here today.”

No country in history has been more blessed by God than America has. And yet, we seem to look for ways to ignore God’s blessings and snub His standards.

Is the church to give up on God and give in to the ways of the world? No, we have a specific role to play in sharing God’s love and forgiveness with a hurting world. That is to obey His Word and trust His promises.

God’s Word gives the solution to societal sickness. Preserving America isn’t the responsibility of politicians, scientists or think tanks. God has appointed His people to clean up the mess. How do we do this? First, we ask God to clean up our own mess.

II Chronicles 7:14 issues God’s command for us with a promise to act on our behalf.

“. . . if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” (NLT)

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As God’s people, our main role is:

  • to humble ourselves
  • to pray
  • to seek His face
  • to turn from our wicked ways

Can God’s church make a difference in our beloved America? This leads us to the third characteristic of the 7 Characteristics of a Perfect Church.

*it is the responsibility of church leaders to train and prepare God’s people to understand and utilize the privilege and the power of prayer.

The real work of the church is not done through plans and programs. The real work of the church is PRAYER.

Prayer is the key to unlocking the doors to the “perfect” church by connecting God’s imperfect people with His perfect will and way. For it is prayer that unleashes the power of God’s Spirit in and through us. A power that goes beyond our imperfect selves and into a needy world.

Summary of the first three characteristics of a perfect church: The church that understands the ministry of the Holy Spirit, obeys God’s Word and utilizes the power of prayer inside and outside its walls can change the world. One life at a time.

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Is the aspect of a praying church important to you, personally? If so, share your thoughts.

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2 Responses to “Unlocking the Perfect Church, Part 7 of 7 Characteristics of a Perfect Church”
  1. Millie says:

    Well said, Mom! Great series! So grateful that you impart your wisdom!!!!

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