Blow the trumpet in Zion,
declare a holy fast,
call a sacred assembly.
Gather the people,
consecrate the assembly;
bring together the elders,
gather the children,
those nursing at the breast.
Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber.
Let the priests, who minister before the LORD,
weep between the portico and the altar.
Let them say, “Spare your people, LORD.
Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn,
a byword among the nations.
Why should they say among the peoples,
‘Where is their God?” (Joel 2:15-17)
Why is there a need for reformation in the Church today? The leadership has strayed from the way and followed their own devices. God is restoring His Church and He will not stop until His work is finished. One question remains: Will the leadership listen and repent?
Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. ( Jeremiah 3:14-15)
How has the leadership gone wrong? Many of today’s churches emphasize prosperity as a well of selling their particular brand of the Gospel. Jesus promised believers an abundant life in the Kingdom of God which means righteousness, peace, and joy. Churches have emphasized a kingdom of financial prosperity. Jesus cautioned against this kingdom in His sermon on the mount:
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Matthew 6:24)
Many churches today emphasize signs and wonders. Leaders will go to any length to produce them because they think the signs and wonders are proof that God is with them. Jesus cautioned against this kingdom as well:
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (Matthew 24:24)
Then there are the overly cautious church leaders and self-proclaimed experts who proclaim that the days of healings and miracles are over. This flies in the face of the New Testament teachings and the clear evidence we see everyday when we open our eyes.
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)