The Church in Sardis

John the beloved under the influence of the Spirit of God wrote letters to the 7 churches in Asia Minor (present-day Turkey) as described in Revelations 2-3. The churches were not just literal churches; they also represent the 7 types of churches in the world. One of the churches John addressed the letters is the church in Sardis. The church in Sardis represents a dead church, a conformist church which has a form of godliness but denies the power thereof.

Revelation 3:1-2:”And to 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 thou art dead. Be thou watchful, and establish the things that remain, which were ready to die: for I have found no works of thine perfected before my God.

The Holy Spirit has gone on vacation in so many churches albeit it’s not conspicuous. So many altars have been desecrated while strange teachings are on the ascendancy. It’s also a challenge for those in these brazen distortions to come to terms with their erroneous doctrines because of the seemingly ‘fireworks’ in their ministries. Healings takes place and the membership seems blessed. However it is pertinent to know that the manifestations of the Spirit is not an affirmation of persons operating in these gifts. God confirms his word, he doesn’t confirm us. I have some reservations about some new doctrines in so many churches. There are also modus operandi worthy of condemnation: I am not necessarily referring to the special ‘penis deliverances’ or the grass eating sessions nor the satanic ministers whose feets mustn’t touch the ground till the end of ‘their services’. I am talking about some of the most attractive places of worship in the country. In a bid to save souls and experience breathtaking church growth so many churches have lost their way and have deviated from what God has called them to do. The church is supposed to be the light of the universe- hence we must be in a position of strength to liberate the world from darkness. However that is not what is obtainable today; most churches would rather align with the world in the name of reaching the world when the Lord tells us otherwise.

2 Corinthians 6: 17: “Wherefore Come ye out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, And touch no unclean thing; And I will receive you.”

Ministers have delegated the job of soul winning to comedians while entertainers are tasked with reaching sinners to receive the lordship of Jesus. I have no problem with comedians entertaining people in sanctuaries occasionally; however, it is awful to make it a ministry. In a bid to appear contemporary, the traditional and reliable methods of soul winning has been neglected by many; the place of holiness and repentance from dead works has been set aside in favour of sensational messages that will appeal to people and ensure the big donors don’t get offended.

When Jonathan Edwards preached the message ‘sinners in the hands of an angry God’;there were reported cases of open visions of hell- consequently, they repented and embraced Jesus. Some of the 20th century generals of faith- Charles Finney, D.L Moody and Kathryn kuhlman, didn’t employ comedians or mascots to disseminate the message of the gospel; nevertheless, they had more impact in reaching the lost than the contemporary preachers who have perverted the message of Grace.

It is not too late to turn from dead works and embrace the true gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ which is able to save and deliver.