There have been many scholars smarter than I who have tried to pin down exactly when the “last days” would happen. It appears that when all is said and done that there will come a day when life as we know it will change forever on this earth. Jesus will eventually return and every person’s eternal reward of living in the presence of God or eternally separated from God will be decided. Those who have accepted God’s plan of salvation offered by Christ will be spared from judgment. Those who have ignored or rejected Christ as Lord will face the judgment of God. Jesus said, “But of that day and hour no one knows”. To my understanding there is nothing keeping that day from happening at any moment, hence “We are living in the last days”. Read Matthew 24 & 25.
Every person no matter what sin they have committed can be forgiven and accepted by God by putting their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. However, when it comes to being placed in a position of ministry such as on the worship team, teaching, preaching, leadership the word of God holds us to a higher standard of living. We are now to be representing Christ by our words and deeds. “Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin,…or commit adultery,…or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. If your lifestyle has not changed you need to take warning and seek God’s transforming power to change your life.
What can I say to my friend who told me that she is leaving our church because the Holy Spirit is not moving in the services? She has been to three other churches and left for the same reason.
It sounds like this friend is looking for some kind of experience to satisfy her. If she has been attending Christian churches that are proclaiming the gospel, staying true to the Scriptures and striving to honor Jesus Christ she needs to be committed to that body of believers. She will never find the perfect church. She either won’t like the music style, selection or volume, the length of the sermon, time devoted to prayer or worship, the friendliness of the people, the availability of seating or parking etc. I have found that if a person commits to membership and realizes that every church is like a person. They have strengths and weaknesses but love covers a multitude of shortcomings. Then they can purpose in their heart to come expecting to hear from God and look for ways to serve not to be served.