Many Christians would rather feel holy/spiritual/righteous/good than actually be holy/spiritual/righteous/good.
Church becomes a place that makes sinners feel better about themselves without addressing their sin.
Since sin isn’t addressed, people go home and sin. Then they feel bad because deep down they know sin is bad. They feel guilty.
What shall we do with the guilt?
Ooo, ooo! I know: Let’s get together and sing happy songs and exchange happy thoughts until we all feel holy/spiritual/righteous/good again!
Awesome! All the guilt goes away. We all feel loved and fulfilled. All ready for a new week of sinning!
This goes on week after week until finally the person just gives up. They know the whole thing is a sham. Church practice shows that sin isn’t that big of a deal anyway. I did my time. God loves me, the church has told me that for years, so, I’m out.
On the flip side, there is a minority of churches out there that actually address sin and tell people to knock it off. They preach Scriptural sermons that talk about the Holy Spirit’s work in the power of the Gospel to set people free from sin’s bondage.
Most people leave those churches because that’s legalism don’t ya know?!
People want to feel good about being bad. The Bible is too real for such an approach though.
When a person is supposed to feel bad; Scripture makes them feel bad. When a person is supposed to feel good; Scripture makes them feel good.
Church largely makes people who are bad feel good, and people who are good feel bad. It tells people “Peace, peace” when there is no peace.
Satan is a deceiver. His job is to make people who are not saved feel like they are, and make people who are saved feel like they aren’t.
If you put 2 and 2 together here, you’ll perhaps think I am saying that Satan is running the majority of churches in the world.
You would be correct.