The church was compromising doctrine, holiness, and purity. Today, its true as well. In an attempt to relate to the world, the church has so popularized the ministry that it’s hard to distinguish the church from the world. (Refer to 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12.) We have become a church that frowns on holiness and finds immorality and sexual perversion entertaining. Or we don’t want to confront because of cowardliness and self-preservation (trying to build a church rather than honor God). We spend very little time with God in prayer and reflection, and there’s very little humility and brokenness—the cure for both legalism and compromise.
“With the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (II Peter 3:8). Although this Scripture may not apply directly to God’s will, the principle still applies: His will is revealed in His time.
Granted, there are times when the Holy Spirit directs us instantly—prompting a phone call to a friend in need, or leading us to make a quick decision, but when it comes to the big picture, we sometimes only see portions of it. God often leads us through one open door at a time. “When God calls me, he makes it possible for me to move in the direction he is leading” (J.I. Packer)…