By Li Lan, South Korea
In life, sometimes chance occurrences can have unforeseen consequences. Something unexpected and amazing happened to me a few months ago: Notifications from YouTube reunited me with the Lord.
One morning in June, I woke early and began to gently thumb through the Bible that I kept near my pillow, and I read what the Lord Jesus said when He rebuked the Pharisees: “My house shall be called the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves” (Matthew 21:13). I couldn’t help but worry when I read this, as the situation in my church had become just the same as that in the temple toward the end of the Age of Law: In my church, the pastors and elders often preached to us that believers had to love one another, but they themselves actually accepted small gifts of money when they prayed for members of their congregation, and sometimes the amount of money given would determine how long they prayed for the giver. The church was supposed to be a place where people worship God, and yet now it had become just somewhere where believers got married. The faithful were growing fewer by the day, and the pastors and elders weren’t putting much effort into their sermons or seeking how they could best shepherd the Lord’s flock but were instead finding endless enjoyment in performing wedding ceremonies. I couldn’t help but think: “The pastors and elders have deviated from the Lord’s way and the church is now no different from the world outside. It has become a den of thieves, just like the temple at the end of the Age of Law. Will the Lord still appear in such a church as this when He returns?” Continue reading