Complacency/apathy/loss of first love
Self-centeredness/pride/lack of humility
Fear of change, getting hurt
Lack of servant hearts
Lack of God-vision (we become comfortable with our own vision)
Lack of commitment to relationships
Bad leadership (prideful, abusive, ungodly/unspiritual) – pastors, elders/deacons, others
Concern about self-image (i.e., more interested in pleasing people than pleasing God)
Lack of knowledge (i.e., ignorance)
Lack of love
Past hurts giving rise to unforgiveness, bitterness, distrust of leaders, anger, suspicions, misunderstandings, rumors, gossip, assuming the worst in others, etc.
Church splits (which we love to call ‘church starts/plants’) arising from disagreements, unresolved conflicts, pride, selfishness
More interested in building our individual church kingdoms than His Kingdom
My experience has been that this list could apply to almost any city in this country. Satan doesn’t have to employ any other strategies because the above list is all he needs to render the church spiritually impotent.
‘God help us’ is more than a cry out in desperation—it is a recognition that only He can provide the power necessary to break the strong-hold on our city (and your city). God help us!
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