Convenience and Comfort
Conviction of the Holy Spirit can be an uncomfortable feeling. Conviction shines a light upon a darkened area of our life and a realization of an aspect or habit which hinders our relationship with Christ. It was the conviction of the Holy Spirit which gave us the realization of our lost condition. For the believer, this conviction similarly brings to our attention the presence of sin affecting our communion with Christ.
In John 9:39, Jesus described Himself as bringing judgment and vision to those who are blind, but blindness to those who see. The church lacking conviction today sacrifices its beliefs for comfort and convenience modeled by the world and flesh. Our studies and scientific data bring forth new visions but contribute further to our spiritual blindness.
Multiple worship service times and online broadcasts are wonderful resources for the providentially hindered. However, these conveniences and comforts can foster a lazy believer dependent upon worship tailored to fit our worldly lifestyle. Our praise and worship are costly, not convenient.
Salvation Through Cards or Membership
The desire for numbers in attendance, memberships, and online views has contributed to the loss of our church’s convictions. We feel that the number of views from an online service is related to the entertainment value of the service.
Decades ago, the church began to change its spiritual convictions on salvation. It went from a change within the person because of the presence of the Holy Spirit as a result of salvation, to the signing of a card or shaking of the pastor’s hand following a mere profession of belief in Jesus Christ. The Bible clearly tells us that Satan and his demons believe in Jesus Christ. They know of both his existence and his power. Salvation on the other hand is a faith placed in Jesus Christ as Savior for salvation, guidance, and sustenance.
By objectifying another’s salvation to membership or signing a card, the church is eroding its Biblical stance on salvation for the sole purpose of numbers and popularity.
Conviction Should Change Us
Our conviction of the realization that Jesus makes a change in lives should be a primary focus. The justification of us by and through the finished work of Christ creates a conviction toward growth and greater sanctification. The process of our sanctification leads to greater convictions and a greater desire to be separate from the world.
Conviction by its mere definition denotes a staunch and adamant belief that will not be compromised. We as individual believers and leaders within our local churches must be on guard in this increasingly sinful world from the eroding of our convictions. Our core conviction is the sole reliance on Jesus Christ and not our own understanding. Worldly thinking results in worldly compromise and our churches cannot afford it.
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