… I would have imagined this was an excerpt from a current periodical, not ©1993.

Another indicator of the sad state of our worship habits are the attitudes of people who do attend church.  

…One reason for this is the sad state of preaching in America. Most pastors are not really proclaiming the Word; they’re dishing up predigested pablum from current devotional magazines, or they are expounding their favorite psychological theories. But, “the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit …and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb. 4:12). When Jesus Christ is preached with the power of the Holy Spirit,people can’t help but stay awake! They become aware of what the Bible has to say to them. Why, they might even have to leave the room because they can’t stand the conviction they feel! The fact that this seldom happens in our churches is a bitter commentary on the shoddiness of American preaching, as well as on the indifference of the American churchgoer.

Another indicator of the sad state of American worship is the ineffectuality of most prayers. Why aren’t more prayers answered? Has God stopped working in the lives of His people? Aren’t Christians praying steadfastly enough? Aren’t they praying aright? I suspect the problem isn’t with God, it’s with us.

Lester Sumrall, Names of God

(New Kensington, PA: Whitaker House, 1993), 41-42.

There’s nothing I can add to that!!! Except a call to action. Let’s be a people of God’s Word, in prayer and in deed.

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