Why Are Churches Dead Today?
By David J. Stewart | November 2017 | Updated April 2018
“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-righteous, 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)
Please read my article titled, “The Big Problem Of Deeper Life Theological Seminary Professors.”
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 Shameful Lukewarm 'Harvest Baptist Church' On Guam
I do not hate the pastors and people are the “Harvest Baptist Church” (HBC) on Guam, even though they kicked me out in 2014 for telling THE TRUTH, that the modern Bible versions are corrupt. In particular I was reprimanded for sharing the truthful book by Dr. Al Lacy titled, “NIV: The Antichrist's Bible.” Well, it is the Antichrist's Bible!!! I was also reprimanded for passing out the truthful book, “I Never Knew You,” by Michael P. Bowen, which exposes Ray Comfort as a false prophet. Harvest promotes Ray Comfort, Paul Washer and John MacArthur's Lordship Salvation garbage! The pastors at Harvest Baptist Church in Barrigada literally called me and Dr. Jack Hyles, “a cult,” for exposing the Alexandrian-based Bible versions for being of the Devil. The church uses the “Easy-To-Read Version” (ERV) which is even worse than the “New International Version” (NIV). At least the NIV still refers to Christ as being born of a “virgin.”
I believe in word-of-mouth, just as if you went to a bad restaurant. I loved my church family at Harvest and I thought they loved me, but I was mistaken about them. They use people to build their ministry, instead of using their ministry to build people. I was discarded like an old shoe, put outside the gate with Jesus, unwanted and forgotten about entirely. I remember on the evening that I was confronted by their pastors, in the church office, that afterwards I left in tears, knowing that I was losing my church. As a preacher, how could I not take a stand for what I knew in my heart to be right? I took a biblical stand for God and was despised and rejected, like the Lord Himself by His own!
Since HBC officially uses two different Bibles (i.e., the King James Bible and the Easy-To-Read Version), and consequently has two different plans of salvation in their church (i.e., the Gospel and Calvinism, or Lordship Salvation), I figured that it was okay for me to share what I believed to be the truth of the two with others, but I was mistaken. You see, at Harvest you can be ecumenical and believe whatever you want, just so long as you don't take sides and raise a flag of exclusivity. I respectfully asked for permission from the senior pastor to give out Gospel tracts by Dr. Curtis Hutson, and he said it was okay; but the senior pastor distributes study materials by 5-point Calvinist (Mr. Lordship Salvation himself) John MacArthur to his congregation. So that tells me that the pastor is okay with both conflicting plans of salvation (i.e., the Gospel of free grace verses Calvinism). Folks, that is REALLY MESSED UP! Harvest is a very confusing church, having two official opposing Bible versions, and two conflicting plans of salvation. I feel sorry for that congregation.
As time passed I missed my friends and church family at Harvest, so in desperation and loneliness I pleaded on three occasions in 2017 if I could return. I knew in my heart that I was much better off not going back, but my heart wanted to be there, part of a church FAMILY. I had learned many great things while I attended Harvest between 2013 and 2014, despite the doctrinal heresies that abound. Their pastors coldheartedly told me in 2017 to “go elsewhere.” They misinterpreted the Scriptures, using Paul's conflict with John Mark as justification to set me at nought, refusing to even allow me to simply attend church services, despite my promise to keep quiet and just attend services. That is how apostate the church is today.
Do you know (if I wanted) that I could walk into any karaoke lounge on Guam (bars and night clubs), and they would openly welcome me; but I am rejected, shunned and turned away from attending the biggest Baptist church on Guam (5 minutes away from me), simply because I am telling THE TRUTH. Galatians 4:16, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” That is a heavy burden that I have had to bear, which has hurt so much in my soul. 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.”
It is tragic that any person (like me) should ever feel unloved by a church (Harvest Baptist Church). I once heard Evangelist Les Ollila (at Harvest Baptist Church of all places) make the following beautiful statement...
“Church is a place where people should be able to hurt out loud. And I should be there to put my arms around those who are willing to hurt out loud.” —Evangelist Les Ollila, from the MP3 sermon, “The Judgment Seat Of Christ.”
Sadly, the local Bob Jones University camp down the street from me on Guam violate this truth 100%. Nobody was hurting in 2013-2014 as much as me in their local Baptist church (which I attended for a year), yet they kicked me out over my rightful stand for the King James Bible (and my faithful stand against the Alexandrian perversions). I don't count to the BJU crowd, I'm just a cult member according to them, who stands for the inspiration of the King James Bible. Well I CARE even if the BJU crowd doesn't!
I realized in time from listening to Pastor Jack Hyles and Dr. Peter Ruckman refute Bob Jones University's heretical position on the inspiration of the Word of God (learning that most of Harvest's staff and pastors are spiritually dysfunctional graduates of Bob Jones University), that BJU is the real problem. America's apostate Bible colleges are destroying the faith of young people in the inspiration of God's Word, and now sadly, Hyles-Anderson College has also bowed their knee to Baal, no longer upholding the inspiration of the blessed King James Bible since 2008, as was announced at Pastor's School that year. I am not biased for or against anyone, I am always on the side of TRUTH. If the shoe fits, wear it! To God be the glory, great things He hath done!!!
To date, First Baptist Church of Hammond (FBCH) has arrogantly refused to go back to their original proper position when Pastor Jack Hyles was pastor (from 1959 to 2001 when he went to Heaven). You can hear Brother Hyles yourself in this monumental sermon preached in 1994 at FBCH titled, “THE BATTLE OF THE AGES,” in which he blasts BJU for making light on the verbal inspiration of the Bible. Any pastor who supports Bob Jones University today is NOT right with God and you cannot trust him!!! Any pastor who supports the Alexandrian-based Bible versions is NOT right with God and you cannot trust him!!! I speak THE TRUTH!!!!!!!
a special rebuke, again and again and again in the Bible,
toward those people who keep their neutrality in the work of God!”
—SOURCE: Pastor Jack Hyles (1926-2001), a quote from the needful and precious MP3 sermon titled: “Where Were You In The Battle?”
A Big Reason Why People Quit Church
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.