Worrying trends amongst believers:
1. “I love words of encouragement and sermons that are uplifting. Messages about surrender and sacrifice of a believer, faithful following of Christ at all costs, God’s judgment and obedience make me uncomfortable.”
2. “Believe in Jesus and He will fix everything in your life. You don’t have to do anything, He will do it all.”
3. “All you need is to study the Bible, experience is not important and supernatural manifestations have ceased since the days of the apostles.” (Of course, studying the Bible is of utmost importance, it’s the key foundation to our faith, but when experience and the supernatural are thrown out of the window, studying the Bible alone can become a mere intellectual exercise.)
4. Leadership meetings spending more time talking about administrative and financial matters than talking about soul-winning and disciple-making.
5. Thinking disciple-making equals more in-depth Bible studies.
6. Advocating evangelism mainly or in some cases only through mass events.
7. Lousy attendance at church prayer meetings and massive attendance at worship concerts.
8. Fun and entertaining fellowship meetings that do not spur believers to win souls and make disciples.
9. “My faith is personal and shouldn’t be brought into my workplace.”
10. Pastors and leaders giving more attention to wealthy and influential church members.
11. “I’m too busy to read the Bible and spend time with God, isn’t it wonderful that He is so gracious and understanding?”
“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.” – 2 Timothy 3:1-5 ESV