Top 10 Things That Are Killing The Church!


This morning I had another one of my moments of random thoughts.  It is a condition I am afflicted with regularly and I am learning to use it in ways that would be both inspiring and challenging.  This morning’s random thought came out of a conversation I had in 2016 with someone at church.  Our conversation emerged from that Sunday’s message that was about the question of human sexuality.  If you are a member of or are following the news in our Tribe, it is a hot topic button.  My point was that God calls us to love and care about others and that homosexuality is not the worst sin, and we needed to stop treating it that way.  We need to bear witness to the truth of Jesus through our lives and give the Spirit the opportunity to change whatever needs to be changed in our life.

This member told me a little later how much she appreciated my conversation on this delicate subject and asked me what I thought was the “worst” sin.  This random thought continues to flow through my gray matter.  I want to say up front and to be consistent with last Sunday’s sermon, that all sin is equally hideous and ugly.  At the foot of the Cross we are all equals, from the person in church to the criminal in a maximum security prison.  All sin demands a terrible price which Jesus gladly paid on the Cross out of His favor, kindness and mercy.  But…

But there are, call them “things” or “attitudes” or “beliefs” that are absolutely killing the western church.  As I reflected on what is killing our efforts to bring the Kingdom of God on earth, what is killing our desire that His will be done here as it is in heaven, I have come up with what I’m calling a “Top 10 List”.  This list is not, by any stretch of even my imagination, the only things that are killing the church’s effectiveness today.  I would say this Top 10 list is among the deadliest for any congregation.

So, for the next 10 days I will be addressing each of them.  Today all you are going to get from this blog is The List.  I would invite you to comment on other things you see that are killing the church today.  Now, this is not meant to condemn the church or any particular congregation.  It is not meant to tear down anyone or any church.  Think about this series like you would a visit to your doctor when you know something is wrong.  Would you want your doctor to simply say that you are OK, or would you rather she or he be truthful about what might be physically wrong with you?  To let you see where my heart is in all this, let me share my motivation and my heart with you.  It comes from Ephesians 4:15 and in God’s Word Translation is goes like this:

Instead, as we lovingly speak the truth, we will grow up completely in our relationship to Christ, who is the head.

I write and speak out of love for Jesus first, and also for you.  So here is my Top 10 List of things we need to stop doing.


10.  Choosing religion over relationship

9.  Ignoring that we are in a war

8.  Wrong priorities

7.  Cookie Cutter attitude

6.  Self Reliance

5.  Fear of change

4.  Form rather than substance

3.  Loss of passion

2.  False humility

 1.  The worst one of all

I am not expecting everyone to agree with my conclusions.  Reality is, I expect some to be offended at me.  I strongly suspect that when Jesus walked this earth He deliberately said some things just to offend some in the crowd.  Well, here goes to 10 straight days of blogging.  Usually I do one per week here, and one on my other blog.  I ask for your prayers as I step into what I believe, are thoughts put in my heart and mind by the Holy Spirit.  And remember, love God with all your heart; love others the way Jesus loves you, and make sure all the glory goes to Him!  Pray as you will…

Pastor Randy


34 thoughts on “Top 10 Things That Are Killing The Church!

  1. Reblogged this on Truth in Palmyra and commented:
    As you may recall, we have been following a great series my my brother Patrick on revival in the church. He seems to be on a short break, so for tonight, we will start this great series by Pastor Randy on the Top 10 things that are killing the church. The two topics, how to revive the church and what is killing the church, seem to go well together. Blessings and enjoy!

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  3. Hi Pastor Randy

    I found this series via IBs place. I have been following you for a while, but for some reason you have not showed up in my reader, which is really a shame. I unfollowed and followed again, and I hope that will fix that.

    I have sort of poked around on this series, and am looking forward to reading in more detail.

    I am a Missionary Baptist, part of the American Baptist Association. That is my “tribe.” Love that term by the way.

    There is hardly anything more important to us than the idea of the local church. I believe, as we do in our work, that the local church is the chosen method by which our Lord wants to do His work.

    Having said that…churches are dying everywhere, and in our work at an alarming rate.

    I appreciate the honest approach you seem to be taking here. Honest, yet without it being an assault on the institution itself. So many, when they write about the problems in the church, use that as a forum to basically also report that the model is no longer a valid one.

    Of course it remains valid. If it was valid enough for Jesus to start it, then it’s still valid today. The fact that we mess it up has not changed anything.

    I look forward to reading, and with your permission will likely share this with my reader, as every every evening I share the work of another at my place.

    Blessing to you

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    1. Thanks Wally, and yes, feel free to share anything I might write. I’m not the true author, but HE allows me to share HIS thoughts, that is, when I listen! (LOL) And your perception of me, these thoughts, are my heart are correct. Like you, I too believe that the local church (thanks for the comment about my use of the term “tribe”, I like it, too) is the instrument of God’s choosing. And the local church does her best work when she sees herself as an instrument of the Kingdom of God, and NOT the Kingdom. I would be humbled and honored should you share any of my blogs. It is nice to meet a kindred Tribesman from a different Tribe.

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  4. Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
    Pastor Randy of “Kingdom Pastor” has an excellent series going, 10 thoughtful posts on what is killing our Savior’s church in America. I have read items 10 – 7 and look forward to taking the time this weekend to finish reading the rest of his series. If you care about the state of the Christian Church in our nation, you may wish to do the same.

    Note that we, including Pastor Randy I suspect, tend to think of the Christian Church as a phenomenon of the West, that is, the Americas and Europe. In truth the Christ’s Church is declining in the United States and Western Europe, but that’s is not the case elsewhere. That’s why I say Pastor Randy’s series is about the Christian Church in America. It’s the church we know, and it is that part of the church our Savior gave to us to fulfill His Great Commission.


    1. You are correct in describing my thoughts. This series is about the western church. I offer this blog, as to why I am deeply concerned that we have made the Gospel, an “American Gospel” rather than the Gospel of The Kingdom of God. And yes, it Church, the Body of Christ, is growing in so many places OTHER THAN the U.S. and Western Europe. Thank you for sharing and for your heart for the Kingdom of God!

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