If you really think the Church is doing well spiritually in this wicked and perverse generation, why does the religious system as you know it have so many flaws when needed the most?
Read the following testimony of how religious leaders fled the pulpits of the capitol when a plague of death was carrying people off everywhere daily, and how the Lord Promised "THE HIRELING WOULD FLEE WHEN THE WOLF COMES."
Today's religious leaders are no better although they have more Media potential to advertise themselves than any generation before this one.
The following episode in history exposes a truth about sinners.
They want to go to heaven when they die, but they do not want to be bothered with godliness while death appears afar off.
You will be amazed when you read this brief document:
HOW THE RELIGIOUS SYSTEM DOES IN A CRISIS:
Vincent, the Non-conformist minister, in his volume on the great plague and fire in London, entitled God's Terrible Voice in the City, gives a description of the manner in which the faithful ministers who remained amid the danger discharged their solemn duties to the dying inhabitants, and of the manner in which the terror-stricken multitudes hung with breathless eagerness upon their lips, to drink in salvation ere the dreaded pestilence had swept them away to the tomb.
Churches were flung open, but pulpits were silent, for there was none to occupy them; ...the hirelings had fled.
Then did God's faithful band of persecuted ones come forth from their hiding-places to fill the forsaken pulpits. Then did they stand up in the midst of the dying and the dead, to proclaim eternal life to men who were expecting death before the morrow. They preached in season and out of season.
Week-day or Sabbath was the same to them. The hour might be canonical or uncanonical, it mattered not; they did not stand upon nice points of ecclesiastical regularity or irregularity; they lifted up their voices like a trumpet, and spared not.
Every sermon might be their last.
Graves were lying open around them; life seemed now not merely a handbreadth but a hairbreadth; death was nearer now than ever; eternity stood out in all its vast reality; souls were felt to be precious; opportunities were no longer to be trifled away; every hour possessed a value beyond the wealth of kingdoms; the world was now a passing, vanishing shadow, and man's days on earth had been cut down from threescore years and ten into the twinkling of an eye!
Oh, how they preached! No polished periods, no learned arguments, no labored paragraphs,
chilled their appeals, or rendered their discourses unintelligible. No fear of man, no love of
popular applause, no ever-scrupulous dread of strong expressions, no fear of excitement or
enthusiasm, prevented them from pouring out the whole fervor of their hearts, that yearned
with tenderness unutterable over dying souls.
END OF THE AMAZING TESTIMONY OF WHAT IT WAS LIKE IN A PLAGUE OF DEATH WHEN HIRELINGS BEHIND THE PULPITS OF THE LAND FLED AND THE PERSECUTED TOOK TO PULPITS TO PREACH THEIR HEARTS OUT. SINNERS FILLED ABANDONED CHURCHES LOOKING FOR SALVATION WHILE DEATH WAS EVERYWHERE. MANY WERE COMING TO A SAVING KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST FAST.
DO YOUR LISTENERS THE FAVOR OF EXCITING THE FEAR OF DEATH IN THEIR HEARTS SO THEY WILL BE MOVITVATED TO MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION NOW.
TOMORROW MAY BE TOO LATE!