The Apostle John writes in the first Epistle of John, "You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world." (1 John 4:4). The Bible tells us that Jesus, our Savior and influence for good, is greater than Satan and his influence for evil and destruction in the world. Yet, as we look at the world today this does not seem to be the case in the reality that surrounds us. Evil seems to be becoming more dominant than the influence of the Church; and the Church, though growing, is shrinking in size in proportion to the growth of atheism in light of the increasing population in the world today. Christian church is supposed to be the representative of Jesus who taught love, forgiveness, sacrifice, unity, and humility. Though that may be true to a large extent, Christianity has demonstrated an ability to overlook many of its professed virtues and allow denominational fragmentation to weaken it. The church has all but stopped its public proclamation against sin. It has begun to believe the lie that the church is weak and powerless to stop the momentum of social decay. It weakens when faced with immorality and stumbles instead of standing strong against sin. The bible commands us to put the whole armor of God but the church has failed to do so. Satan is enemy of God; this has made Satan to take control over Gods people. Pride is also another factor that has contributed to failure of God’s church. Pride can be defined as the attitude that oneself is superior to others, even to an extent of the regarding of others with contempt as if they were unworthy of any relation or interaction with them. Pride shows the basic thinking "I am better than you are! Pride unveils and lifts our self-interests and our self-sufficiencies, which seem necessary and good. But, when we are self-sufficient, we will not only fail to see our need for redemption but also fail to see our need for growth in spiritual matters and any work of the One True God is muted and put aside. When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom (Proverbs 11:2).
What Should We Do?
First of all, we need to confess our sins to our Lord and repent from them. We need to recognize our sinfulness of apathy, pride, gossip, and any idols of 'doctrinal purity' that are so divisive. We need to forsake them, and drop to our knees, pray, confess, forgive, and go on. We need to recognize that we must be united to be strong. But we must do this without compromising the gospel of truth (1 Cor. 15:1-4; Rom. 5:1).
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