while we were sleeping
While we were sleeping
The parable of the sower has the answer for this dilemma the church finds herself in. Starting with Matthew 13:24-25 "Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:' VS.25 'But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.'" While men slept, which means to be indifferent. How can the church be indifferent, how can we be numb to what is going on around us? Now we find the church lying in the same critical care unit as America, both seem to be on life support. Without the church America has no hope. Without the passion for the gospel the church lies in a coma unmoved and lifeless.
The reason for the church is for it to be light and salt to the lost and dying world. Sad but true, the light is dim and the salt is losing its flavor.
"Wherefore he saith, 'Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall
give thee light.'"
Def. > coma = from Greek deep sleep
1 : a state of profound unconsciousness caused by disease, injury, or poison
2 : a state of mental or physical sluggishness
1. Disease = abnormality, unsoundness, plague
Def. > abnormality = perversion = abuse
These are those that pervert the gospel of Jesus Christ
"I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ
unto another gospel: VS.7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel
of Christ.VS.8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that
which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed."
We constantly fall for everything that comes down the pike........that itches our flesh!!
We have failed to change the world......so the world has changed us!!!
We have accepted greasy grace....we crave a watered down gospel.
We have witnessed the demise of great ministries, as we watched them dragging their brother to court!!
Our doctrine is unsound = unhealthy, defective
IT’S A PLAGUE.........a famine
"'Behold, the days come,' saith the Lord GOD, 'that I will send a famine in the land, not a
famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:'
'And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall
run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find [it].VS.13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.'"
Some of us are in a coma.
“Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”