From The Christian Church in the Last Days
In my opinion, the organized Christian church (the outwardly visible church) today does not know who or what it is. Some “mega-churches” rely on well-dressed people driving into the parking lot for Sunday worship in expensive luxury cars, able to write substantial checks to support the large new building mortgage debt. The stark economic reality of increased financial responsibilities often forces the “church growth” program of the mega-church to foster and maintain an artificial exterior front that everything is socially, economically, and spiritually perfect in the lives of its church members in order to attract the “unchurched” and expand its support base.
Other churches sadly are so mired in stuffy rituals and old-fashioned tradition that the Holy Spirit and most young people have left. Some churches wanting to be acceptable to the world and to fit-in with the liberal cultural agenda of moral relativity and universal tolerance, have abandoned any fidelity to absolute moral truths and biblical ideals. All the while a new covenant journey of faith following Jesus Christ that would actualize into every Christian experiences leading personally to knowing God from the least to the greatest (Jeremiah 31:31-34), is sadly neglected and placed at the bottom of the priority list. The Christian church needs God’s help to find itself.
The Christian church does not need an early exit, pretribulation rapture from the typically biblical, unimaginably unconventional scenario of events that God will guide and shape in the last-days for the eternal benefit of His church. The plans, schemes, and actions of God that we read about in the individual lives of the people of faith in the Bible give us a clue as to what we might expect for the last-days Christian church as a whole. This is the final exam, the capstone course on faith and trust in the good intentions of God, worked out through the tightest of circumstances to match His normally unusual, brilliantly ingenious method of operations.
In short, we need God to set-up the unique circumstances in life to enable us to find ourselves and to find God. A journey of faith is a journey of discovery, and only our Creator God knows the end-point of purpose that will fulfill each of us individually and as a church. This is a work of the Holy Spirit, the gift of God purchased for us through the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ.