One of the biggest sins that we need to repent of in the body of Christ, is what I call a ‘system mind,’ which is a mind that does almost only what is acceptable, with religious thinking.
Another way of saying that, is doing the work of God the way we do it, because that’s the way everyone is doing it. You could also call it the ‘herd mind.’ This way of thinking allows us to select who we allow in our pulpits, by how marketable they are, how much of a celebrity they are, or can they bring in a crowd – hence a big offering?
This mindset allows ministers to get up and pimp their wares, sell their books, CDs, DVDs etc. for 20 to thirty minutes when there has been almost virtually no corporate prayer in the beginning of our services.
Jesus said, “My fathers house shall be a House of Prayer for all nations you have made it a den of thieves and a house of merchandising.”
Saints, this is the operation of the carnal mind which is enmity with God. Without fervent prayer there be no earth shaking move of God. If one is in a church or ministry that has no fervent prayer, but has soaking prayer, it is time to leave that apostate House of Religion, that has a flavor more like the new age movement then the true House of God.
The word says the effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much, not the passive complacent prayer of a greasy grace Christian.
~ Kevin Nugent