Signs of a Dying Religious Movement

Written by Rev. Harold Vaughan

  1. Replacing biblical absolutes with cultural traditions
  2. Emphasizing movement allegiance above loyalty to Jesus Christ
  3. Style preferences become equal to doctrinal convictions
  4. Circling the wagons—Defensiveness replaces aggressive evangelism
  5. Practicing Cancel Culture against any with secondary differences
  6. Leaders appear to be in competition rather than cooperation
  7. Lack of visionary leadership
  8. Defeatist eschatology (Laodicean church age) is used to justify the lack of fruit
  9. Suspicion of thriving ministries
  10. Preaching preferences and pet-peeves instead of expositing Scripture
  11. Targets a single class of people
  12. Unable to connect with youth
  13. Conversions are rare
  14. Conformity in dress and appearance are more important than conformity to Christ
  15. The belief that “full-time Christian service” is for preachers instead of every believer
  16. Separation grows into isolation from sinners for whom Christ died
  17. Checking off religious boxes leading to self-righteousness
  18. Insecure leaders attract insecure followers
  19. Obsessed with negativity
  20. Big on Truth, but weak on Grace
  21. Unloving disposition
  22. Popish ministers with an air of infallibility
  23. Humility and ability to teach are non-existent
  24. The local church becomes an institution instead of a “fellowship”
  25. “Faithfulness” to the church is preached more than devotion to Christ
  26. Methods are emphasized more than motives
  27. Services look more like a nursing home than a delivery ward
  28. Shallow sermons are more about opinions than proclamation of non-changing truth
  29. Preachers wrap themselves in the Red, White, and Blue instead of the precious blood of Jesus
  30. Politics arouse more sentiment than the loveliness of Christ
  31. The power and presence of Christ is seldom sensed
  32. Less and less conviction and celebration
  33. The dynamic of LIFE is absent

THE CHURCH IS NOT A MUSEUM TO VISIT, but a movement that glorifies God by connecting people to Christ.

Harold Vaughan

Published by Andy

Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region. The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey. Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own. My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’. God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth. I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others. There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better! “But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version

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