One reason why the church has so little influence over the world
"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind..." Romans 12:2
I believe that one reason why the church has so little influence over the world — is because the world has so much influence over the church!
It is overwhelming to see the growing worldliness of the visible church. Many professed Christians — the Lord alone knows whether they are true believers or not — give us grave cause for apprehension. We see them tolerating practices which would not have been endured by their fathers; my blood chills when I think of how far some fashionable professors go astray!
When the Church descends to the world's level, her spiritual power is gone. Jesus said, "Preach the gospel to every creature!" But men are getting tired of the divine plan; they are going to be saved by the music, or by the theatricals, or by the amusements! Well, they may try these things as long as ever they like; but nothing can ever come of the whole thing, but utter disappointment and confusion:
God is dishonoured,
the gospel is travestied,
hypocrites are manufactured by thousands, and
the church is dragged down to the level of the world!
"The world has absorbed the Church, and the church was content that it should be so!" (Horatius Bonar)
"Conformity to the world, in all ages, has proved the ruin of the church!" (Rowland Hill)