She walked into my friend’s Church and cautiously observed everything about the service—especially how the saints were dressed and how they acted during the service. When service was over, Pastor Ed greeted her to hear these words: “I used to be a prostitute, but recently accepted Christ. I have attended several Churches over the past few weeks, but in all of them, I could not tell any difference between the Church people (how they dressed and acted) and the sinful world of prostitution from which I was delivered. However, your Church and people act and dress like they have an authentic relationship with God. I will be attending your Church now.” When Pastor Ed asked her why the Church attire was so important to her she responded, “Why should I become a part of something that looks exactly like that from which I have been delivered?”
The biggest threat to Churches and the power of God in those Churches is not a lack of desire for a spiritual experience. Every human is born with an innate desire to worship. Apparently many have yet to find it in Church. The biggest threat for Churches in America is a lack of authenticity.