“Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another. For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?”- 1 Corinth 4:5-7
Just my view, but a big reason that the American church had lost its influence with our culture is the Self Dividing of the different ‘denominations’ against each other for ‘market share’ and Brand Dominance in the business of ‘church’ building (small c used intentionally)
If we can’t even get it together enough not to battle each other and not to try to cut each other out of the body of Christ, why in His name would they want what we’ve got or even desire to be like us?
When American Christianity no longer has the clout to say with Paul the Apostle “follow me as I follow christ” because we are following our denomination or favorite teacher, preacher or super star evangelist, then we are not reflecting the Christ God told us to follow…. so why would they?
Forget ‘church’ and follow Jesus. You will be amazed at how attracted to Him by you that people will be.
Have a great Lord’s Day.