1. Churches drift when they fail to pass on the truth to successive generations.
2. Churches drift when they move away from their foundational doctrines.
The trend is for church denominations to drift (or move) away from their foundational doctrines over time. It does not have to be this way. Drifting can be prevented. It must be prevented.
John Wesley once said, “I am not afraid that the people called Methodists should ever cease to exist…But I am afraid lest they should only exist as a dead sect, having a form of religion without the power. And this undoubtedly will be the case, unless they hold fast both the doctrine, spirit, and discipline which they first set out.”
Hold on. Before casting a judging eye on another’s church, there is a question for consideration. Could this same thing be said of your church?
3. Churches drift when they move away from soul winning.
L. R. Scarborough, a Southern Baptist once said, “It is found that so long as the heart of an institution burns hot with the fires of soul-winning, it is not likely to drift in its theology.”
4. Churches drift when they concentrate on maintaining the organizational structure.
Arnold Cook said, “As a result of their position on the aging side of the life cycle, congregations are being sustained by their management rather than fueled by their vision. Generally, the more aged the congregation, the longer it takes to produce lasting change.”
5. Churches drift when seminaries and Bible schools fail in training the leaders.
Timothy Beougher and Alvin Reid in Evangelism for a Changing World cautioned, “When a denomination’s theology changes, that change almost always begins in the seminaries that train its leaders.”
6. Churches drift when Satan lulls us into sleep rather than the church experiencing revival.
Revival means “to bring back to life.” As believers backslide they become a corpse. Revival is imperative.
7. Churches drift because their leadership drifts.
Arnold Cook in Historical Drift stated, “Organizations don’t drift, only their leaders.”
There is a backsliding in the pulpit before there is a backsliding in the pew.
8. Churches drift when there is the lack of vision.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he” (Proverbs 29:18).
9. Churches drift when there is a desire for the world (and to be like everyone else).