x384.......Why don't people get saved when they walk into our church?
Good question. Certainly we Christians can feel the presence of God within our churches. We Christians can feel the move of the Holy Spirit as we sing and praise God--We all feel Him--yet why do people who are not saved walk in our churches and walk out the door seemingly unchanged?
Maybe this is because they are walking into a church that has man's tradition mixed in with the word of God. Perhaps it is because we in the church are not "doing church" exactly the way the Bible calls for church to be done.
It simply is because the entire church is not "allowed" to prophecy. The standard tradition and thought that we have in our churches is that only "some" are allowed to prophecy. Yet the Bible says that if all the people in the church prophecy (speak the word of God with their understanding)---people will be saved!
24* But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: 25* And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth. (ICorinthians 14:24-25)
Notice how many times the word "all" is used above--
"if all prophesy he is convinced of all he is judged of all"
"If all prophecy" the unbeliever will be convinced of the truth of God--he will be convicted, he will worship God (how many times does an unbeliever walk into your church and "fall down on his face and worship God"?---don't we have to practically provoke and cajole believers into worshiping God??)
And when the unbeliever sees that all prophecy in your church--he will be convinced "that God is in you of a truth".
The problem we have in our churches is that we have the tradition that there are only "some" who are prophets--or who can prophecy in the church--(usually restricted to the leadership). Therefore, when an unbeliever walks into the church, the one person who is allowed to prophecy (usually the pastor) is way up at the front of the church--trying to teach believers and yet reach the unbeliever as well. We hope that the person who can prophecy reaches the person who is unsaved. WE all pray silently to ourselves and "root on the pastor"---Most of us feel that we are not allowed to prophecy to the new person (oops-- we might say something wrong--we don't have the education--the anointing--whatever).
So, since only the one person is prophesying, the unbeliever more often than not walks out the door unconvicted and unconvinced. He sees a system that is familiar to him--because it is the same authoritarian system that is in the world (in fact it may be more free in the world than in the Medieval tradition of many churches!).
The unbeliever walks out without even having a chance of being prophesied to---because "all" are not prophesying.
If we all did prophecy, and understand our right, and in fact our duty as sons and daughters of God to prophecy-- (Ac 2:17*-or Joel 2:28) And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:) the unbeliever would not get away. Notice that this verse is the prophecy of the new covenant in the book of Joel. It is a clear new covenant change that "sons and daughters" (all) may prophecy. In the old covenant there were only a chosen few who had the right to operate their ministry within the temple of God (Levitical priests) and prophecy. This shows us another way in which we have based the operation of the church on clearly and specifically changed old covenant concepts. We say the "pastor" is a type of Levite within the church--but this makes us openly disobedient to the commands of God in the new covenant with regard to prophecying (1Corinthians 14:37 says that "these are the commands of God")
The fact that "all" prophesied in a church would be a great witness of God in the earth to unbelievers. It would show the unity of the Holy Spirit and the rule of God within a place--not the restrictions of man on God--the misconceptions that we have that only "some" are allowed to prophecy.