Do you have form, but no power?

This is my problem with the church today and since I am in the church, it is the problem I find in my own life – I am encouraged to have the form, and I am denied in living with the power of that form.

I believe the form and the power is in the word godliness.  We profess ‘religion,’ are connected with the church, but the church is corrupt. Let’s name a few things – people who love themselves, lovers of money, people who like to brag, proud, abusive, children who are disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slander, without self-control, brutal, do not love being ‘good,’ treacherous in their business dealings, make quick and emotional decisions, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.

We have spent so much time defending the ‘church’ that we have failed to keep the apostasy away from it.

That is not the worst of it.  For when one comes into the church with the real power of godliness, not the fake stuff, the church opposes them – making sure they are not allowed to exert any influence in their lives.  They want no restraint on their passions and carnal tendencies, but in all respects, except in the form of religion, they live as if they had none. This has been common in the world. The most regular and bigoted adherence to the forms of religion furnishes no evidence in itself that there is any true piety at heart, or that true religion has any actual control over the soul. It is much easier for people to observe the forms of religion than it is to bring the heart under its controlling influence.

These are the only people Jesus told us to stay away from.  There is nothing you can do for them – they will not yield to God.

So, what am I going to do – have form and no power or start practicing godliness and ask God to give me the power of the Holy Spirit to live my life for Him?

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