I believe that just like Superman had Kryptonite, the church—the collection of individuals who claim to follow Christ—does as well.
Kryptonite was a substance from Superman’s home planet. When he drew near to it, he would lose all his superpowers and become weak—even weaker than a normal man.
If you look at the church today, there is:
2. sexual immorality
5. Variance (disagreement conflict)
6. Emulations (jealousy)
These are the works of the flesh (kryptonite), which now manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, (morally or spiritually impure) lasciviousness, (inclined to lustfulness) idolatry, (excessive or blind adoration, reverence, devotion) witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations (jealousy), wrath, strife, seditions, (conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority) heresies, (any belief or theory that is strongly at variance with established beliefs) envyings, (a longing to possess something awarded to or achieved by another) murders, drunkenness, revelling (to enjoy oneself in a lively and noisy way, especially with drinking and dancing.) and such like:
…of which we are told today, as in times past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the “Kingdom of God.” ( Galatians 5:19-21 )
There is a sharp disconnect between what happened in that New Testament church and in what is happening in the church of 2018. It would be easy to blame this disconnect on fragmented institutions, ungodly leaders, the culture, and so on, but let’s use this opportunity to examine our own lives.
The truth is, the first-century Christians were the superhumans of their day, and the world stood in awe of them. Here are just a few of their exploits found in Scripture:
- No one in their communities lacked anything—no one had physical needs of any kind, and there was no one on government assistance (Acts 4:33–35).
- Entire cities came to Jesus in a moment, and the gospel swept through entire regions in a matter of years (Acts 9:32–35, 19:10).
- God’s power operated through them so much they had to convince people they weren’t gods (Acts 10:25–26, 14:8–18)—think about that for a few seconds. They had worship times so powerful they shook the ground (Acts 4:31). And as a result of those things, they had a reputation of being people who had turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6).
What should really challenge us is that God makes it clear in His Word that the Christians of the last days will do even more than these early believers.
There is no sense in asking the question as to why we are not seeing the greater works God promised!
WE KNOW WHY!!…
…the practices of adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations (jealousy), wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like!
Change begins with each of us, individually…in our own life and surroundings!
As we change we change our world!
“Let every man (Word), be a lie, and Gods (Word), be truth!”