There is a reason for the decline in Christian faith and belief. The Levitical Church, generally, is too comfortable, too rich and too contented. It holds the faith of our fathers but that faith doesn’t hold the Levitical Church. Whereas God is trying to draw us into a glorious tomorrow, the Levite is totally focussed on an inglorious today; whereas God, by the gift of faith and His covenant commitment, has set eternity in our hearts, the Levite chooses to be ruled by time instead; Levites are obsessed with local activities and have lost sight of eternal purposes.
It was only the knowledge that they were part of God’s eternal purposes that enabled the early Christians to be empowered with unquenchable enthusiasm and faithfulness. They burned with a holy zeal for Christ and felt part of a divine army at whose head was the Living Lord of Glory.
Today’s Church teaches that in the act of believing, the believer has made it; all is made dependent upon this initial act of belief in Christ. All else is supposed to follow automatically. This is nonsense. In the Church’s eagerness to make converts, believers are allowed to absorb the false notion that they can deal with their entire responsibility to God once and for all. This is a grotesque interpretation of scripture and presents faith as a fulfillment, an end, whereas the New Testament actually teaches that it is a beginning. Repentance is not once for all; it must become a way of life.
The first step on the road of faith is just that, a first step; it is not a first step to become respectable members of a Church; what has to follow is that the believer must take up his cross and follow Jesus.