Is it possible for our churches to have an outward form yet no godliness and holiness?
Yes, it is possible.
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
2 Timothy 3:5
When I say, “Christian,” I mean, “Christ-like.” I mean, do we resemble Jesus Christ in our mission and our motives? Are we conformed to His image in all things?
As we consider this subject, I want to offer two presuppositions:
1. The church is not the building but the people
2. “Christian” does not refer to only being a believer but being Christ-like in our lives
Yes, we should assemble as a church, preach, teach, fellowship, give, and pray. These areas are vital and non-negotiable! Yet, we must be careful not to have a powerless form – an outward appearance on Sunday but no fellowship with the Lord. We – the church – must live the Christian life.
With that thought in mind, let’s ask the question of when the church ceases to be like Christ.
The Church Ceases to be Christian…
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