As I have observed the church world in past years, I see a drastic change. What little Bible reading I have done, The Bible has a lot to say about sin, judgment and hell as well as heaven. I can remember when preachers would preach on these subjects and warn people of coming judgement, if they did not repent and get right with God. You don't hear much, if anything, about that. The Bible says "Godly sorrow worketh repentance." Don't hear much today about repentance. It is "come down, say a little prayer after me, let us duck you in water and put your name on the church roll" -- and a lot of them you never see again. All that does is boost the church membership rolls and the pastor's ego.
From what I have read in the Bible, the mission of the church is to reach the lost and make disciples of them. Now it seems it is to see who can get the most members, get the biggest offerings and build the biggest church.
Often you go to church and as you enter, you are met by tables of merchandise being sold. I believe that Christ made a whip and drove the money-changers out of the temple, saying it was to be a house of prayer. Wonder what he would do today if he came to a lot of the churches today on Sunday morning?
If I am off-track on this, maybe someone could enlighten me on what version of the Bible I need to get, because the one I have does not coincide with today's teachings you hear on television and lots of the local churches.
Don Matthews, Augusta