Well, it has been nearly two years since I wrote the post with the above title (to read it go to https://mercedesphere.wordpress.com/2011/04/05/you-are-always-on-their-lips-but-far-from-their-hearts/), and it has consistently been in all that time the post that has attracted the most readers to my site. I cannot tell you the amount of people who have been directed to my site because they entered the phrase “why do people stop going to church?” in the “Search” box. Read what you will in that, but I know what I see and hear. I know what I sense in the Spirit when I pray and read the Scriptures.
Jesus said in Luke 5, 36-39:
No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old one. If he does, he will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, “The old is better”.
There are so many waking up today and smelling the bacon. The Spirit of God is releasing his called ones from the yoke of religion and tradition. The Spirit of God is doing without the old wine and the old wineskins, but the old wineskins are holding for dear life to generations of tradition and habit, to stubbornness and pride, to roots that have been watered, fed and controlled by men for so long, they have become deeply entrenched in the very essence of who these men and women are and without those wineskins, their life does not make any sense neither does the purpose of what they are doing. It is indeed the old wineskins that feed and give sense to their faith rather than the wine itself, and thousands of Christian leaders in charge of countless churches continue ignoring all the signs and evidence of the massive exodus that is taking place in front of their very eyes rather than do everything in their power to find out what is ailing a large member of the family called the Body of Christ:
1 Corinthians 12, 12-26
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[a] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.