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The Seven Deadly Sins

09.16.18 | by Keith Russell

The Seven Deadly Sins

    THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS are listed in Proverbs 6:16-19. They are “a proud look, a lying tongue…hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among the brethren.” Below is what I call “The Seven Deadly Sins of the Modern Church.” Of course, they are not inspired as scripture is, but I hope you will consider them because they will kill a church.

    WHEN THE CHURCH abandons the preaching of God’s Word. The preaching of the Bible is primary in the church. Paul admonished young Timothy to “preach the Word”!

    WHEN THE CHURCH becomes self-centered. The familiar word in the self-centered church is “my.” The members talk about my church, my parking space, my class, my seat, my style of music, etc.

    WHEN THE CHURCH will not face reality. Self-evaluation is difficult. However, the church must know where and what it is today, and where it hopes to go in the future. The church cannot live in the past.

    WHEN THE CHURCH refuses to change. There is an old book which is titled, The Seven Last Words of the Church: We’ve Never Done It That Way Before. The church must evaluate itself (see above) and make the necessary changes to reach every generation.

    WHEN THE CHURCH ceases to evangelize the lost. A self-centered church (also, see above) is more interested in making the members happy than making disciples. The church exists primarily for those who are not yet members.

    WHEN THE CHURCH becomes like the world. Although the church is in the world, the world must not be in the church. “Sin in the camp” will kill a church.

    WHEN THE CHURCH loses its focus on Jesus. Since it is the church of Jesus Christ, He must have pre-eminence. So, make much of Jesus: preach Jesus, sing about Jesus, and talk about Jesus.