The Poverty of The Church

The Bible is the best book in the world.  The Bible is settled in its source, sure in its promise, satisfying in its contents, guaranteed in its guidance and sanctifying in its influence.  To this book I go for message, Matthew 9:37 says, THE HARVEST TRULY IS PLENTEOUS, BUT THE LABORERS ARE FEW.  THE POVERTY OF THE CHURCH, I hear someone saying, brother preacher, I dare you talk about poverty because we live in the richest country that civilization has ever known.  This is the day of plush houses, with plush carpet so thick you can hardly walk on it, sleek, stereophonic, air-conditioned cars, and plastic money to buy whatever our hearts desire.  I hear somebody else saying, brother preacher, the church has more members than ever before, the church is taking up more money than it ever did before, we have better and larger church buildings with padded-cushioned pews, air-conditioning, computers and fax machines.  Don’t talk to us about the poverty of the church, talk to us about the accomplishments of the church.

You see, earth has no poverty to equate to the spiritual poverty.  As long as my Lord gives me strength, I must tell men and women that Jesus said, MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE…  As long as the Lord gives me a voice, I must sound my trumpet and tell my brothers and sisters that it is better to have a starved stomach, than a starved soul.  As long as Jesus is my Leaning Post, I got to tell the world, Take the world, but give me Jesus.  Even though your mink coat is so long and heavy until you can barely walk, I must talk about the poverty of the church.

THE HARVEST IS PLENTEOUS, BUT THE LABORERS ARE FEW.  Jesus saw the need for workers and the church needs workers today.  Jesus saw the worst kind of poverty; poverty that food stamps cannot help, poverty that welfare cannot help, poverty that urban renewal cannot help… the poverty of the church– NO LABORERS TO DO THE WORK.  This is not a shortage of money, intelligence, of members, but a shortage of laborers.  In the church today, there is a great shortage of men, preachers, elders, deacons, teachers, song leaders, and personal workers.  Loose living brings about the poverty of the church.  In spite of the poverty of the church, my mind is made up that I am going to stay with Christ and his glorious church.

Written by

Dr. Eugene Lawton

Dr. Eugene Lawton is an international evangelist, a defender of the faith, a veteran preacher, a radio and television evangelist, a successful writer of four books and a great church builder. He has been minister of the Newark Church of Christ, Newark, New Jersey for forty-five years. Contact: Newark Church of Christ, 894 S. 14th St. Newark, NJ 07108. Tele: (973) 374-4563.

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