14 Mar To the Unknown god
I am both amazed and saddened a how many church that I have visited and during the entire message the pastor never mention the name of Jesus once, or only two or three times on a good day. There are pastors whom I have heard numerous sermons of, and have never heard them say the name of Jesus once even. The church gathering is all about Jesus, how can any pastor get up there and speak for thirty of forty minuets and not talk about Jesus. This really bothers me, deep in my sprit.
As a comparison, Mike Bickel pastor of Forerunner Christian Fellowship and head of International House of Prayer (IHOP), someone whom I hear often. I tried to count how many times he says the name of Jesus, I lost count after 60 times in one sermon, now that’s a sermon about Jesus, thats a true gathering of the church. I can say the same thing about Chuck Smith and Greg Laurie, you will have a hard time keeping count, they say His name so much.
I feel that if the apostle Paul was to go to most churches today he would be compelled to give the speech he gave at Athens, referring to the unknown god the people worshiped.
Act 17:23 For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.
After all if the pastor is not naming Jesus, not identifying Jesus as the Lord and God whom the church is gathered together to worship, then, who is it he is worshiping up there, talking about if not Jesus?
Pay attention next service at your church and keep track how many times you pastor says the name of Jesus, how much of his teaching is about Jesus. And if you can count it on one hand, you must ask yourself this. What is this church really about, is the pastor really about Jesus or something else? If the pastor is not passionate about Jesus, all about preaching Jesus, then the church and those in it will not be ether.