I am a 77-year-old who has been involved in church leadership for over 45 years and has watched the decline in making real disciples for several years. We sit around wringing our hands wondering why we can’t keep our young people after they get out on their own, why 6 million of us Southern Baptists don’t show up at worship services anymore, why we are so hesitant to confront people about their salvation, why there are no revivals anymore, why pastors are afraid to preach on the socials ills that confront us every day like adultery, abortion and homosexuality and why there is little teaching on the Holy Spirit anymore.
Pastors now believe you have to stand in the pulpits improperly dressed to connect with people. They are fulfilling the highest calling God bestows on man and then wonder why there is no respect for the Lord’s Church. The church property has been dedicated to God and is therefore holy, and yet we desecrate it by being disrespectful of it.
We have turned our worship time into some so-called modern worship that is so loud which is called “praise.” Jesus had a word about that in that we love to sit in His house and praise when the fields are empty. People keep telling me that the young people just won’t come if we don’t have the loud modern music, but I believe that is Satan’s lie straight out of hell. The Holy Spirit will draw them just as He drew me to Himself.
What became of quiet reverence?
I pray that we will stop trying to think up some new program for worship when we have had the same one for so long that still works if we will just keep “telling the old, old story of Jesus and His love.”