I have been convinced for a long time that the biggest thing wrong with the church is the absence of the third person of the Trinity. Francis Chan refers to him as the “Forgotten God” in his book by the same name. Here are some of his comments to give consideration.
I’m willing to bet there are millions of churchgoers across America who cannot confidently say they have experienced His presence or action in their lives over the past year. And many of them do not believe they can.
…when believers live in the power of the Spirit, the evidence in their lives is supernatural. The church cannot help but be different, and the world cannot help but notice.
If you combine a charismatic speaker, a talented worship band, and some hip, creative events, people will attend your church. Yet this does not mean that the Holy Spirit of God is actively working and moving in the lives of the people who are coming.
For many people, however, caring too much about what others think can be a serious, even a driving, fear.
Don’t let your views be determined by a particular denomination or by what you’ve always been told.
…rarely (if ever) do we consider whether our actions or lifestyle are grievous to the Spirit of the living God.
I think it’s needless for us to debate about when the Holy Spirit becomes a part of someone’s life.
And that’s just from the first three chapters. Forgotten God is a very good read and should prompt some serious thinking and searching.
- Holy Spirit (ragamuffinalexis.wordpress.com)