Is God dismantling man-made religion?

26 10 2011

Man-made Religion devours and kills people. We can see this in the following shocking statistics provided by The Fuller Institute, George Barna, and Pastoral Care Inc. :

90% of the pastors report working between 55 to 75 hours per week.

80% believe pastoral ministry has negatively affected their families. Many pastor’s children do not attend church now because of what the church has done to their parents.

95% of pastors do not regularly pray with their spouses.

33% state that being in the ministry is an outright hazard to their family.

75% report significant stress-related crisis at least once in their ministry.

90% feel they are inadequately trained to cope with the ministry demands.

80% of pastors and 84% of their spouses feel unqualified and discouraged as
role of pastors.

90% of pastors said the ministry was completely different than what they
thought it would be like before they entered the ministry.

50% feel unable to meet the demands of the job.

70% of pastors constantly fight depression.

70% say they have a lower self-image now than when they first started.

70% do not have someone they consider a close friend.

40% report serious conflict with a parishioner at least once a month.

33% confess having involved in inappropriate sexual behavior with someone in the church.

50% of pastors feel so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if
they could, but have no other way of making a living.

70% of pastors feel grossly underpaid.

50% of the ministers starting out will not last 5 years.

1 out of every 10 ministers will actually retire as a minister in some form.

94% of clergy families feel the pressures of the pastor’s ministry.

80% of spouses feel the pastor is overworked.

80% spouses feel left out and underappreciated by church members.

80% of pastors’ spouses wish their spouse would choose a different
profession.

66% of church members expect a minister and family to live at a higher moral standard than themselves.

Moral values of a Christian is no different than those who consider themselves as non-Christians.

The profession of “Pastor” is near the bottom of a survey of the most-respected professions, just above “car salesman”.

4,000 new churches begin each year and 7,000 churches close.

Over 1,700 pastors left the ministry every month last year.

Over 1,300 pastors were terminated by the local church each month , many without cause.

Over 3,500 people a day left the church last year.

Many denominations report an “empty pulpit crisis”. They cannot find ministers willing to fill positions.

#1 reason pastors leave the ministry — Church people are not willing to go the same direction and goal of the pastor. Pastor’s believe God wants them to go in one direction but the people are not willing to follow or change.

We as Christ’s body need to return to the liberating message of Christ that Paul preached – Christ in us. The reason so many people are being swallowed up and spat out is because we have been following man and his tradition and philosophies. This is what Jesus was talking about here:

Mat 11:28-30 MKJV Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (29) Take My yoke on you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you shall find rest to your souls. (30) For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light. 

God is purging His Church with fire and only His work will remain! Every man-made and man maintained organization will be brought down because only what is built on Christ the Living Rock will stand – everything else will collapse!


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