Our congregations are filled with worshippers on Sunday who were entertaining themselves just the night before with movies containing nudity, F-bombs and extreme violence; social drinking; and maybe even fornication.
Source: 4 Ways to Cure the Church’s Identity Crisis Article
In addition to this article Pastor Dr. Gail
I believe that the first step is to repent to God. God listens when we repent!
John 9:31 ESV
We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.
Proverbs 28:9 ESV
If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.
1 Peter 3:12 ESV
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
Psalm 66:18 ESV
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.
Proverbs 15:29 ESV
The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
James 5:16 ESV
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Isaiah 59:2 ESV
But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.
James 4:4 ESV
You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
1 John 1:9 ESV
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
James 4:3 ESV
You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.
John 15:7 ESV
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
James 1:6-7 ESV
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
James 4:8 ESV
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
https://nuggets4u.wordpress.com/2011/11/08/what-is-defilement/ To cleanse our hands and purify our hearts we must know what defilement is!
https://nuggets4u.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/humanism-and-the-church/ Humanism the enemy that corrupts from within