Expressions of faith
Repentance is the only cure for church worldliness

Rev. William Watson

Rev. William Watson

There is no doubt that everywhere we look we see more of the evils and seductions of a fallen world. An illness is spreading throughout Christian communities. It is not being diagnosed accurately so that we can give it the attention it needs in order to stop the severity of pain and destruction.

Porn, hatred, high school dropouts, teenage shooting and pregnancies, adultery and divorce, disrespect, and homosexuality have become acceptable ways of living in today’s Christian society. The apostles built the early church on the love for Christ, the love for neighbor, benevolence, and prayer. Paul wrote in Galatians 5:16: “That we should walk in the spirit and we will not fulfill the last of the flesh.”

All Christians are called by God, and we have a responsibility to see that the church remains a light in a dying world. If there is worldliness in the church, there must be repentance to recover and confession to the truth of God’s word. Christians are to see that the truth is embodied by the Gospel, the worship, and in the lives of its people.

The best way to do this is through prayer, united with Christ with a desire to have a disciplined prayer life. Christians often let days pass without a regular time of prayer with God. Having the desire to pray and not the practice of it is a shame. Let us as a church body repent and pray daily, especially for church leadership.

My weekly prayer is that the reader of this commentary becomes spiritually inspired of God. Contact Expressions of Faith at P.O. Box 330127, Nashville, Tenn. 37203; or e-mail: <>. God bless.