JEFFERSON CITY— Roger Moran, who attends Maranatha Baptist Church, an Independent Baptist congregation in Troy, said Sept. 27 during the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) Worldview Conference at Memorial Baptist Church here that there are six consequences to beware of when sound doctrine and holiness do not advance together in the life of a believer.
These warning signs, Moran said, are as follows:
We become a people heavy on religious rhetoric and light on spiritual substance.
We lose our Biblical understanding of the seriousness of sin in the sight of God.
There is a growing carnality and worldliness that continually lowers the spiritual standards for Christian living.
Our works of righteousness (our missions, ministry and evangelism) are increasingly done in the power of the flesh rather than in the power of the Holy Spirit of God.
There is a growing tendency in such churches to settle for “professions” of faith rather than transformed lives in our new “converts.”
Our spiritual hypocrisy will become increasingly evident to those who genuinely love the Lord while a growing spiritual blindness will cause others to barely notice our spiritual decline.