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Let's Stop Playing Church!
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By James Pemberton
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It’s Time to Stop Playing Church!


In many churches, they just want to have “fun.”

Just look at what the church has become!


It’s often a place of idolatry of various kinds.

As many come with a lot of sin on their minds.


Conviction from God doesn’t seem to last.

Preaching on sin seems to be a relic of the past.


Money and free coffee is what brings people in.

God’s presence is absent before service begins.


The people want a service that’s an hour long.

God’s spirit can’t move.  It doesn’t belong!


“Come as you are,” is the motto of the day.

Yet, people leave the same as they walk away.


Do you have a problem?  There’s a class for it!

Do you need prayer?  Call the pastor and ask for it!


It’s like a drive thru service served on a platter!

Is there a call for holiness?  It doesn’t seem to matter!


God’s judgment is coming!  The church doesn’t care!

When Christ comes, many will be caught unaware!


Many churches are too busy worshiping false idols.

As many have forsaken the God of the Bible!


It’s time to repent and come before God’s throne!

Let’s allow Jesus to be the Lord of our heart and home!


Let’s seek Jesus, who requires a holy way of living!

He wants a pure heart in the life that we’re giving!


Coming to church isn’t the answer to what’s needed!

Only by obeying God’s word, can a life be completed!


Let’s preach the gospel of Jesus this very hour!

Let’s seek his presence and his righteous power!


It’s not the pastor, but God’s approval that matters!

Let’s listen to his word!  Not man’s foolish chatter!


By Jim Pemberton     (c) 2016

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Submitted: Sunday, October 2, 2016

Last Updated: Sunday, October 2, 2016

About the Poet
I and my wife have 4 grown children and currently live in the Pacific Northwest. I've spent much of my life doing volunteer work in the food distribution for the needy among local churches. Many of the poems I've written are a reflection of times of adversity as a reminder of God's love and faithfulness. I've found many opportunities to share my poems with those who are hurting and discouraged. I'm thankful for the reports of many of the poems touching people's lives. I hope that the poems included on Wordchimes will touch and bless your life too!

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