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Save the Lost

By Charles Skinner
Harvest Church of Walterboro [email protected]

A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
So many of the youth today struggle to make sense of a world that is so hostile to them with multitudes of different voices calling out to them.
Millennials are dropping out of the church at an astronomical rate and turning to gangs, drugs, and even Satan worship as they long for love, fellowship, something real, something authentic.
They see the hypocrisy of many who claim Christianity but don’t truly represent Christ. They feel, and despise, the judgment of the older generation, judgment instead of seeking to understand.
While I realize that I don’t have the entire answer, I’d like to suggest a few things. In Luke 7, we see two very different types of Christians with Jesus in the middle. First, are the ritualistic religionists who believe that they are the self-appointed guardians of legalistic and external religion. In truth, they hate Jesus’ message of grace, repentance, and forgiveness, and His call for a sincere love of God from the heart. These represent those today who are fanatics for church doctrines but lack genuine love for lost souls in need of forgiveness and love of Christ. On the other hand, we have a prostitute. A woman in need of forgiveness and encounters the hatred of the self-righteous religionists. These represent the lost generation. We have a good view of why the youth are turning away from the hypocrisy and judgment of those who lack true saving faith.
2 Chronicles 7:14 states If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. That scripture lays the blame squarely on the church.
Jesus lists four things that we must, as His people, do to rectify the present church condition. He calls for us to 1)humble ourselves as too many Christians walk in prideful self-righteousness 2) pray, for too many Christians prayer is just not a part of their daily lives 3) seek my face; seek, and do, the will of God 4) turn from their wicked ways; turn from sinful lives and live holy lives. Jesus promised if we did these four things, that he would hear us from heaven, he would forgive their sin and heal the land and the people. Then the lost generation would genuinely see something real and authentic, genuine Christianity.
We invite all to worship with us at Harvest Church of Walterboro, 1130 North Jefferies Blvd (In Oswald Square—beside the Bank of the Lowcountry) Service times are Sunday school:10:00 AM; Worship 11:00 AM, Midweek- Wed. at 7:00 PM. Charles Skinner is the Associate Pastor of Harvest Church. James Pellum is the pastor.

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