Why Are Churches Dead Today?

By David J. Stewart | November 2017

Revelation 3:1, “And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven
Spirits of God, and the seven stars;
I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.”

       We have a dead Christianity across America that is sitting around waiting for a tingle. Our main duty is soul-winning. Time spent in the Word of God ought to compel us to go win souls. Acts 1:8, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” The average church doesn't even have a scheduled time to go soul-winning. And if they do, it is only for an hour, and half of that time is spent chatting and planning where to eat afterwards.

There is nothing worse than a so-called “church” that gathers around the Word, while the world goes to Hell...

“Every truth that you learn—if it is in fact a truth—has with it, not only the opening of your eyes to a beauty, but opening your eyes to a duty! God says, 'You learn this, in order that you may do, this.'” —Pastor Jack Hyles (a quote from the timeless MP3 sermon, Real Truth Verses Synthetic Truth)

The apostate Bob Jones University crowd down the street from me NEVER go soul-winning!!! They ought to remove the name “Baptist” from their church. Revelation 3:1, “And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.” The Bob Jones camp have made a name for themselves in Micronesia, but God says they are “DEAD” spiritually. They are naked and wretched, but don't see it. Most people go to the church for the wrong reasons—children enrolled in the religious school, the second to none music program, I attended the church for a year in 2014 and never heard the term “soul-winning” one time. I never heard a single mention of the power of the Holy Spirit. I always referred to professed fellow brethren as “brother,” but they scorned the term. I was the only one calling anyone “brother.” In hindsight, I wonder if any of them are truly saved. No wonder our nation is going to Hell! ...

“No truth stops at the learning of itself, there's a corresponding responsibility! ... Oh may God never let the day come when this church is a bunch of self-righteousness, self-contented, deeper-lifers, so-called 'deeper-lifers,' sitting around learning more and more about the Word of God and doing less and less about what it says!”  —Pastor Jack Hyles (a quote from the timeless MP3 sermon, Real Truth Verses Synthetic Truth)

It's called “playing church.” God pity Bob Jones University affiliated churches, where dozens of Bible versions are sanctioned and the King James Bible has competition, and soul-winning is made light of, and faithful believers like me (who believe that women ought not wear pants) are laughed at and mocked (I was mocked even by the Senior pastor himself, called “old school”). BJU's female graduates wear skintight spandex in public, exposing their things and buttocks, looking sexy, not caring that they are contributing to the lustful war against men's souls. 1st 1st Peter 2:11, “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.” So when Bob Jones graduates walk down the street wearing their skintight spandex, it gives Satan the victory. The church hires them on staff. One female staff member in their school wears black leather pants in public. This is Christianity today in America, and it wreaks with sin. Certainly, I am a big sinner myself, as are all Christians, so I don't judge anyone. Someone needs to talk about the elephant in the living room.
 

Dead Bible Colleges Produce Dead Preachers

Beware of Bob Jones University and other dead Bible colleges, who support dozens of Alexandrian Bible versions, which causes confusion and divisiveness in the Body of Christ. BJU is a big part of the problem in America, destroying the life of our churches...

“Fundamental churches all over this nation, are sending their preacher boys to schools that'll dry 'em up. I'm talking about fundamental schools!” —Pastor Jack Hyles (a quote from the timeless MP3 sermon, Real Truth Verses Synthetic Truth)

Here's why churches are dying all over the world...

“Churches die because they take the truth, but do not take the corresponding responsibility, that is always accompanying truth! They, for their eyes [are] open to beauty, and their eyes are not open to duty. So when a truth, does not have obedience to its accompanying obligation and responsibility, when that obligation is not carried out, you have a dead fundamental church! I call 'em 'the evangelical church.' I don't like the word 'evangelical,' I like the word FUN-DA-MENTAL CHURCH! Old-fashioned, hellfire, brimstone, hell-raising, barn-stormin', window-rattlin', shingle-pullin', hollerin', screamin', bellerin', preaching with conviction and courage and character, that teaches people to change what they do, once they change what they know!!!” —Pastor Jack Hyles (a quote from the timeless MP3 sermon, Real Truth Verses Synthetic Truth)

When I shared some sermons by Evangelist Phil Kidd with a few fellow professed Christians in the local church down the street, who employ several dozen BJU graduates on staff (in their 1,000 student religious school), I was reprimanded by the church pastors, who said that “due to cultural differences,” the local people wouldn't understand and would be offended. Uh, I thought truth always offends! Since when are we supposed to curtail the truth to appease sensitive people due to cultural differences? What apostasy!

“So what's happened? We're sitting around learning synthetic truth instead of real truth.” —Pastor Jack Hyles (a quote from the timeless MP3 sermon, Real Truth Verses Synthetic Truth).

God deliver us from dead churches of religious people who are merely making a living, instead of genuinely caring about their neighbours and serving God. The local BJU crowd couldn't care less about me, refusing to even pray with me. They refused to meet with me. They refused to allow me to even visit their church. They refused to reach out to me, even when I sincerely reached out to them during a difficult time in my life. They are the worst kind of pastors, beholding the beauty but neglecting the duty!!!

Dr. Jack Hyles is so right, and he has the shameful Bob Jones yuppie-type crowd pegged accurately, who want the truth of the beauty without the truth of the duty...

“Do you know what depth is? Depth is the display of knowledge. Shallowness is the transfer of knowledge. ... What has happened to those churches? I'll tell you what's happened—we have put down the seeing of the duty, and just want to examine the beauty. So we examine the Word. You're not supposed to examine the Word, unless you obey the corresponding responsibility that your examination has accompanying it.” —Pastor Jack Hyles (a quote from the timeless MP3 sermon, Real Truth Verses Synthetic Truth)

The Holy Bible warns against setting a brother at nought. Romans 14:10, “But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.”

I'll tell you, I fully understand why 150,000 more people decide each week in the United States to never set foot in a church again. I loathe going to the churches I've been to. I do what I can to be helpful on a personal level, but it's not my place to clean someone else's house. I pray for the pastors and churches. I share solid Bible-preaching with them. (Sadly, when I share sermons with pastors, of all the believers that I share sermons with, pastors seem to appreciate it the least, go figure.) The local churches that I have visited on Guam are all dead. One pastor didn't even know if Jesus' blood is on the heavenly Mercy Seat or not. How did he ever graduate from a Bible college? You're not going to build a church going soul-winning an hour a week!!!

Attitude is everything. I am used to getting the cold-shoulder from pastors. Some are in such a hurry that they refuse to even stop and take the time to look at me while I reach out to shake their hand. That is really bad! A pastor ought to love everyone, not hold grudges, harbor ill-feelings,

“But the truth is, spiritually, most of us are not burning up enough calories. And there's a synthetic, hypocritically, so-called fundamentalism in America, that eats, and eats, and feeds on the Word, and feeds on the Word, and folks are weighing 400 pounds spiritually, but they've never given any energy to what they're learning.” —Pastor Jack Hyles (a quote from the timeless MP3 sermon, Real Truth Verses Synthetic Truth)

Are you a mere storage tank for Bible truth, yet never using that energy to reach the lost for Christ? This old world's perishing without the Gospel, plunging toward Hell by the millions, while we sit in our little huddles, in our little Bible clubs, and Bible study groups in our living room. Truthfully, I win more people to the Lord in my sleep (because of my website ministry), than most pastors win to the Lord in an entire year. I say that with humility, for God gives the increase, not me, I am just A VOICE in cyberspace. Praise the Lord! I thank God for using a humble sinner like me to do great things for Him. It makes me happy to know that God is using me to get thousands of people saved. To God be the glory, great things He hath done. I have received so many precious e-mails from people who found Christ through my labors. It is not because I am something special; but rather, I am simply putting forth the simplicity of the Gospel. Romans 1:16 teaches that THE GOSPEL is the POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION to them that BELIEVE!!! I am just a voice.
 

The Sin of Pride Hinders Pastors from Being What God Wants Them to Be

It burdens my heart that so many pastors are closed-minded and proud (yet in denial about it). I have shared fundamental sermons and books, with pastors who are doctrinally lacking, but I might as well have threw the materials in the garbage. I heard one Baptist pastor teaching a group of children to “invite Jesus into their heart.” So I kindly and respectfully gave him Pastor Max D. Younce's beautiful 24-part MP3 series titled “SO GREAT SALVATION,” which exposes the heresy of asking Jesus into your heart. You don't get saved by inviting Jesus into your heart, you get saved by BELIEVING THE GOSPEL!

Sadly, that pastor still teaches children to invite Jesus into their heart. I did all I could. Although I pray for the pastor, he must humble himself to THE TRUTH before God can do a great work in his ministry work. Little children don't understand what it means to “invite Jesus into their heart.” A heart is a muscle that pumps blood 100,000 times per day. God will not bless a church that is unresponsive to the truth.

What I see is that a lot of pastors are doing the best they can, but they just don't know how to grow their church. The wise pastor understands that he cannot do it alone. Psalms 127:1, “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” God can do amazing things through a small group of believers in a church, if the pastor will simply teach them HOW to do it! A pastor MUST teach his flock HOW to walk with God, HOW to labor for God, HOW to pray for the power of the Holy Spirit, and teach them HOW to be a diligent soul-warner. Pastors ought to motivate church members to invite everyone to church.

“Church is caring about people that nobody else cares about!”
—Pastor Danny Castle (a quote from the beautiful sermon titled,
Burden For The Bus Ministry.”)

Every pastor is as an artist and his congregation a sculpture. A pastor shapes his people, by preaching the Word of God. But you can examine a hundred different churches, and you'll find massive differences in the spirit that prevails in the congregation. Why? It is because the pastor's personality, priorities and attitude directly affect the congregation. If the pastor is a hateful man toward other people, then the congregation will also become hateful. If the pastor is forgiving, then so also will the people become forgiving. If the pastor is zealous about soul-winning, then so also will the people become fervent soul-winners. Dr. Jack Hyles (1926-2001) was zealous about soul-winning, and built the greatest soul-winning church in history, since the New Testament Church. In Acts 2:41 we read that 3,000 people were saved in ONE DAY in an evangelistic crusade.

The magnitude of a ministry is not determined by the size of it. I am merely one man with a laptop computer, and yet look at what God has done over the past 15 years through my labors for Christ. Literally, thousands of people have been saved, through simple childlike faith in the Gospel. God sees a man's heart, and decides whether or not to use that man based on what He sees. God knows that I am far from perfect, but He sees that I care, and that little things are important to me. Nothing hinders God from using a man more than pride. Pride manifests itself in how we treat others. Arrogance cannot be hid. The Holy Bible says that a man who hides hatred behind lying lips has seven abominations in his heart. If you don't like somebody, it will eventually manifest itself to that person. I decided in my heart long ago to love everyone. When I am alone at home, I refuse to harbor ill-feelings or hatred toward any other human being. And when I do feel a thought of anger toward someone who has hurt me, or doesn't like me, I immediately pray for them, bringing that thought into captivity unto obedience to Christ (2nd Corinthians 10:5). ...

2nd Corinthians 10:3-5, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

You'll never grow in the Lord, or be what God the Father intends for you to be, until you completely and regularly humble yourself before God, examining yourself, being HONEST with yourself and God. So many believers live shallow lives, going through the motions, playing church, never rising up to a higher level in their Christian life. The Bob Jones camp comes to mind. They sinfully hold grudges, against people like me. They are ungrateful toward others. They sinfully use and sanction dozens of Bible versions. They sinfully sanction and promote the ungodly ministry of Pastor John MacArthur, who teaches (and I quote: “There is no such thing as a childhood conversion”). Mr. MacArthur is a theological liar! Why would any pastor support such a man? It is because they are sinfully proud, not heeding warnings from other believers (like me), who have warned them. Instead, they choose rather to go along to get along with apostasy.

I am leery of Baptist pastors who have shallow convictions. And I am even more leery of those stuff-shirt pastors, who have such strong convictions, that they despise and harbor ill-feelings towards brethren who don't live up to their standards. I choose to love everyone. I honestly think some paid religious people (full-time Christian workers), who have to be at church three times a week, resent and despise others who are not required to live that way. They have the wrong attitude. It shouldn't matter who goes to church, or doesn't. A proper attitude is that one is glad to be at the house of God, and if someone else doesn't come to church as much as you think they should, that is their loss. It is carnal to get upset in your heart, because someone else doesn't have to be at church. That is so shallow. You'd be surprised how many faithful churchgoers look down on, and despise, other believers who aren't as faithful.

Again, I fully understand why 150,000 more people decide each week in the United States to never set foot in a church again. The article says that one-third of people quit church because of frustration over the church itself. Another one-third quit because they are too busy for church. I believe bad pastors are partly to blame for that. If a man's preaching is so shallow that his people would rather stay home and watch TV, that pastor needs to get right with God and learn how to preach! I feel sorry for paid church staff members, or people employed to work at the church's religious schools, who are required to attend church, and the preaching is so dead, shallow and BORING!!!

I think a wise preacher touches upon many subjects, leaving no stone unturned. The churches are dead because the pastors are dead spiritually. Few men truly walk with God anymore, evidenced by their lack of mercy and truth. When you tell someone they cannot return to attend church services, who has a humble heart and a contrite spirit, that is a horrible lack of mercy. God sees that injustice. But what can we expect from the Bob Jones crowd, when they don't care about the truth? Their Alexandrian Bible PERversions stink with the stench of hellfire. I speak THE TRUTH without apology! Psalms 25:10, “All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.”

“What we need in this generation, is for about 30,000 churches in the United States to go out of business, and just shut the doors, and let who mean business, get the power of God, and witness to this generation!” —Pastor Danny Castle, a quote from the awesome sermon, “How To Have Power With God! | MP3 Sermon.

God Cannot Work THROUGH YOU Until He First Works ON YOU

Oh my friend, if you ever truly want to be used by God, then you're going to have to suffer. There is no other way! I know what it is to suffer inexplicable emotional trauma and pain of soul; not for days, weeks, months, but several years. God doesn't just use anybody. God not only works THROUGH a man, but ON THAT MAN!!! If God cannot work ON YOU, then He will not work WITH YOU, FOR YOU, nor THROUGH YOU!!! ...

I'll guarantee you, all the chipping away of a lifetime, fades into oblivion, when God works THROUGH YOU. Everybody wants God to work THROUGH YOU, everybody wants God to work FOR YOU, everybody wants God to work WITH YOU; God's got to work ON YA first. It's not fun—tears, heartaches!” —Pastor Jack Hyles (a quote from the timeless MP3 sermon, P B P G I N F W M Y — Please Be Patient God Is Not Finished With Me Yet).

One of the greatest sermons I've ever heard is titled, “Why Mama Was So Smart” (a classic MP3 sermon by Pastor Jack Hyles). If you are suffering, God will use that affliction so He can work THROUGH YOU. Philippians 2:13, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” If you want God to work THROUGH YOU, and FOR YOU, and WITH YOU as a co-labourer, then He must first work IN YOU. There will be tears. There will be sorrow. There will be frustration. There will be loneliness. There will be heartache and burdens. There will be decisions that you will have to make, when you feel like you're between a rock and a hard place, and where no matter which decision you make, it won't be easy.

That is exactly what God did to the Hebrews in Moses' day. The Lord had delivered them out of bondage from Egypt. At first they were so glad, rejoicing greatly, thinking that life would be easy from that day forward. But God led them into a barren desert wilderness, with impossible conditions of draught, no food, scorpions, snakes and hardships. The Hebrews found themselves between two impossible extremes. They could either return to the bondage of the Egyptians, or they could push forward into the intolerable conditions of a barren desert wilderness. God did this on purpose according to Deuteronomy 8:2-3, to test them...

Deuteronomy 8:2-3, “And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.”

God gives us hard choices to make, putting us in impossible situations, where in tears we look the only way left to look, upward to Heaven to our heavenly Father. Only then, in that seemingly no-win situation, between a rock and a hard place, can God begin to greatly use your labors for Him through personal affliction. You'll never know that Jesus is all you need, until Jesus is all you have left.

Children are very impressionable, but so still are adults! People don't know HOW to make the Christian life work for them. We're too proud folks. All of us! We're all too stinking proud. We need to humble ourselves, push away our pride and selfish ambitions, and care enough about others to simply reach out to them. Did you know that 90% of people come to church simply because somebody invited them? It is very true! Soul-winning is never an accident; but rather, a deliberate attempt to reach someone with the Gospel. I have never received, nor asked, for a single penny for all my hard work online since 2002. I wouldn't have it any other way. I do what I do for God, by faith, because I care and am investing in heavenly rewards. I sincerely wonder if the Bob Jones camp down the street from me would continue their work, if they didn't get paid anymore to do it. Truly, the love of money is the root of all evil. I guarantee you that 99% of religious workers would quit overnight if they money stopped! A salary is the biggest threat to the truth!

Truth has grown stale in most churches. Entertainment is king these days! The Bible colleges are switching from training young women to be homemakers to training nurses. 1st Timothy 5:14-15 says women belong at home, not pursuing careers. If Coystal Hyles had been a nurse instead of a homemaker, there would be no Pastor Jack Hyles!!! Everyone has their priorities wrong nowadays, which is why the churches have become shady businesses, operating religious schools to educate the dead.

“It is not truth unless it has a responsibility that accompanies it. And if you do not obey that responsibility, that truth will grow stale!” —Pastor Jack Hyles (a quote from the timeless MP3 sermon, Real Truth Verses Synthetic Truth)

It really comes down to CARING. I care, I really do. Few Christians care these days. You show me a believer who doesn't express gratitude toward others, and I know that person doesn't walk in the Spirit. You show me a believer who doesn't care about the corruption of the Scriptures in the modern Bible versions, and I know that person doesn't walk in the Holy Spirit. So few believers walk in the Spirit of God Who indwells them. That is why our churches are dead. People sit, Sunday after Sunday, being taught a bunch of theological information, but never put it into action. They never lead a soul to Christ. They never make an eternal difference. Outside of the church walls, they are jerks, no  different than the world. I don't want to be that kind of a phony believer, and am not!!! I treat people the way I want to be treated, with love and kindness and fairness. We need a whole new breed of preachers and churchgoers in America!!!

I'll finish this article by repeating a precious quote from Dr. Jack Hyles, explaining why churches are dying all over the world...

“Churches die because they take the truth, but do not take the corresponding responsibility, that is always accompanying truth! They, for their eyes [are] open to beauty, and their eyes are not open to duty. So when a truth, does not have obedience to its accompanying obligation and responsibility, when that obligation is not carried out, you have a dead fundamental church! I call 'em 'the evangelical church.' I don't like the word 'evangelical,' I like the word FUN-DA-MENTAL CHURCH! Old-fashioned, hellfire, brimstone, hell-raising, barn-stormin', window-rattlin', shingle-pullin', hollerin', screamin', bellerin', preaching with conviction and courage and character, that teaches people to change what they do, once they change what they know!!!” —Pastor Jack Hyles (a quote from the timeless MP3 sermon, Real Truth Verses Synthetic Truth)


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“The mark of the child of God is that he loves everybody!”
(a quote from Pastor Jack Hyles' classic MP3 sermon, “FORGIVENESS”)


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