They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.1 John 2:19 N.I.V
Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’Matthew 7:23
The evangelical church at the timing of writing this article is very concerned over the number of young people leaving the church. It seems that despite the church’s bending over backwards to be appealing to them they still drift away.
(We may differentiate between turning away from Christ and leaving the church, but a churchless Christianity is a sorry situation.)
There are various reasons for people departing from the faith. The main one being the love of sin and this world, displacing any pretence of love for Christ.
Also it is sad to say that the church in its effort to get people in and appeal to the masses, has resorted to a watered down and sugar coated gospel that does not confront them with their sin and which does not exhort people to count the cost of following Christ. They supplement this with shallow and superficial worship styles which have little resemblance to the corporate worship of the “Body of Christ” in times past.
The church looks at the raised hand, a signature on a piece of paper, or a recited confession of faith instead of seeking a sound conversion and a changed life as a result of sound and full preaching of the Word of God.
The visible church has no on to blame but itself, if by using carnal and worldly methods they produce carnal and worldly Christians who fall away back into the world (because they most probably never left it).
I dare say that the result of any soul searching the church does will mean more attempts to make the worship services more exciting and “relevant” and “contemporary”. It will make the preaching of the gospel, if there is any, more appealing to the spirit of the times and the perceived needs of the attendees instead of the true desire to worship God and the Lord Jesus Christ and proclaim His Truth.
I have no doubt it will mean the music will be a lot louder.
Unreal professors of Christianity will always fall away. What is horrible, is when the professing Church falls away from the preaching of the unadulterated gospel “once delivered to the saints”…