by Eddie Snipes

The Man Who Fears the Lord
Eddie Snipes

One of the greatest threat to Christianity in the modern church is not persecution, other religions or any threat from the outside, but the internal threat of apathy that draws men into complacency. Whether we like it or not, God has appointed the role of eldership to men within the church and this leadership cannot be fulfilled until we understand what it means to be a leader. There are roles of leadership for women within God's design, but the eldership, deacons and pastorship has been appointed by God to the men of the church.

The fastest way to destroy a structure is to damage the foundation. A building built upon sand will not stand for long. Even a building on solid ground will fall if the foundation has been weakened. This is what is happening in the church today. The leadership God has given men has become inferior because of apathy, sin, and rebellion against God. Men, like it or not, God has placed on your shoulders the authority of the church and if we do not fulfill that role, the church will struggle and be lacking in God's power. God empowers those who obey, not those who look to their own wisdom, understanding or strength.

Sin, apathy and complacency have become the tools that Satan has used against the church. Satan has no power over the church or God's people; however, he can appeal to your flesh and draw you out of godliness and by your actions affect the church. The church of the last days will have a form of godliness but no real power because it is not of God. The foundation God has put into place will be substituted for man made ordinances which will give an outward appearance of faith, but it will have no real power from God.

In this modern era, the false church has given the illusion of power, but it is the form (or semblance) of the true work of God. Just take a moment to look around and see if there is any power. There is a lot of showmanship and even large crowds, but the true powe ...

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