What we need today is not a lot of material things; we have that. We don't need greater churches; we don't need greater congregations. We don't need more on radio and on television. We don't need so many more of these things. But what we need today to be spiritual, is a person that will humble themselves before God if they haven't got a penny, and will pray till that spirit within them is satisfied with the goodness of God, and a revival takes place on the inside of their heart that changes their attitudes and atmosphere that they live in.
Our churches are of full of spectators who are not determined to personally experience the power of God and get a testimony for themselves but are waiting for one man of God to give them a spectacular prophecy to satisfy their itching ear.
Not only this, but churches are ideological in that they create their own constellation of beliefs and practices that tell their congregants how to think and behave. A denomination, for instance, will offer dogmas, doctrines, and rituals that to a greater or lesser extent let everyone know how to interact with the world.
Singing is popular in churches today. For this we should be grateful. But we should also be careful. How often do we look forward to an evening cantata from the choir because we will not have to sit through a sermon? … In the end, the worship wars are not simply about new songs replacing old hymns, but reflect a reorientation of public worship away from the Word read and preached and toward the singing of songs… This means that the fight can’t be waged over our preferences in music, It must be fought over the elements and nature of worship. Consequently, the contemporary debates about song in worship make all the more obvious our need for greater discernment.
When we adopt—and when we encourage a culture of adoption in our churches and communities—we're picturing something that's true about our God. We, like Jesus, see what our Father is doing and do likewise (John 5:19). And what our Father is doing, it turns out, is fighting for orphans, making them sons and daughters.
William Marrion Branham, Mike Murdock, Justice Kojo Bentil, Billy Graham, Pastor Mensa Otabil, Benson Andrew Idahosa, Dag Heward Mills, Dr. Myles Munroe, David Ibiyeomie, Jerry J. Panou, Bishop Tudor Bismark, David O. Oyedepo, Martin Luther King Jr., Rick Rigsby, T. B. Joshua, Kenneth E. Hagin, Smith Wigglesworth, Brian Houston, John C. Hagee, Victoria Osteen, Derek Prince, Adrian Pierce Rogers,