There is a complaint by the saints in the church today of being fed a plenteous diet of pablum and milk by church leaders. They want to hear the word of God. They want to hear the exhortation and challenge needed in our times. They want to know where they are in relation to God’s instruction and what they need to be working on.
Church leaders, on the other hand, are concerned about building bigger congregations. Leaders are looking to appeal to a broad range of people so that all kinds of people will be comfortable in attending their church. The church has become shallow in its’ depths and broad in its’ ways. It wants to be seen as welcoming to all and diligently endeavors not to offend anyone who crosses its’ thresholds.
This is a distinctively different kind of church than we read about in the scriptures. The church we see in these writings exhorts the believers to get their lives free from sin. To choose paths of righteousness and to turn from evil. To be good and kind and generous to one another, to help one another. Believers who rejected God’s counsel were disciplined by putting them out of the church until they repented. These were accepted back into the church through the permission of the affected congregation.
The Bible states that ‘narrow is the gate (or way) that leads to life and few there be that find it’. This is contrary to what the church is teaching believers today.