Luke 14:1-4 And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him. And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy. And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go;
Now as I am preaching somewhere every week, this disease is at an epidemic stage in our Churches, called Spiritual Dropsy.
What Revivals we could have if Baptists would get rid of their Spiritual dropsy. Let's examine some things about this disease that Is killing our Churches. I pray that you will be healed of this dropsy today.
(1) I watch these diseased Drop in to Church on Easter, Christmas, Singings and Homecomings to eat or to be entertained instead of being a regular.
I pray this day you will be healed of your dropsy and be faithful to God's house
Mama and daddy; don’t just drop off your children at the Church house. You take them. Train your children by your example.
Read Hebrews 10:25-26 "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,"
(3) I watch these diseased Drop in 25 cents in the offering instead of tithes and offerings. I know some that spend more on dog food and flea collars than they do for GOD's work. Oh we need Dr. JESUS to heal our Churches of this dropsy.
There are so many more that I could name with the thought of dropping something, but think on these.
A. I would love to see the Church drop their heads in reverence and then drop on their knees and cry out to a HOLY GOD.
Some of you folks listening to this sermon ain't been on your knees at an altar crying out for your children in years. You are stiffnecked, hard hearted and full of pride, and I can tell you that you make GOD sick.
B. I would love to see Church members drop their pastor a word of encouragement. I know a many a pastor that works a job, has a family and visits jails and hospitals. Then they study to get messages to encourage you, when he and his dear wife are so discouraged themselves. Hey, take your pastor and his wife out for supper, buy him a suit and send his wife to the beauty shop. Listen, if you dropped him some extra money, how you would benefit, because he would preach himself to death! Amen. Be thankful if you have a good pastor because I know many a full time pastor that never leaves home because he stays on the computer all day and night playing games and in chat rooms at your expense.
P.S. I also would like to see some of you preachers Drop some of your members a card of thanks also for putting up with your warmed over sermons and Hitler attitude. Now Please let the Holy Ghost diagnose you.