Second, in many churches pastors no longer have an evangelistic emphasis in the church. It is now said by some leaders that it takes more than 100 church members in a year to win a person to Christ. In a recent survey more than 50 percent of pastors who were interviewed said that they had not presented the Gospel with anyone individually in many months. The absence of evangelistic fervor in many of our churches is proof that we need revival.
Third—prayerfulness. In many churches the members get caught up in divisive business meetings, and there is no longer a prayer meeting on Wednesday night. The late Dr. Criswell used to say that when he was a student at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky, he preached at a little church in the country where they were able to purchase a new piano. So the church took up their prayer meeting time in arguing where the new piano should be placed. Should it be on the left side of the pulpit or on the right side of the pulpit? Then there was a group that wanted the piano in the middle of the auditorium. The church had three divisions.
Many times our churches are not winning the lost. We are having other church members to transfer their membership from one congregation to another. We have become instead of fishers of men, keepers of the aquarium. I would say to all of us, let’s confess our sins of disobedience and our failures and determine to be a part of the solution. Let’s have a personal renewal for evangelism and soul-winning and revival in our churches.
This is my prayer, and I hope that it is yours.
Bill Shaw is pastor of Oceanside Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale.
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