In our churches,there is a terrible disease going around. It is worse than the Legionnaires'disease, worse than the swine flu, worse than the Japanese flu. It is not tonsillitis, tendonitis, appendicitis, bursitis, meningitis, or Saint Vidas. It
is none of these. It has been diagnosed as DEVILITIS. It is an cancerous epidemic in our Churches. Isaiah said, the whole body is sick.
Here are the symptoms:
See if this applies to you:
1. DEVILITIS AFFECTS THE APPETITE
Do you say: "I am not hungry for preaching"?
You used to holler out, "Feed me, Preacher", but now you have DEVILITIS
You used to like to sing Amazing Grace, but now you got DEVILITIS
2. DEVILITIS AFFECTS THE THROAT
You can not testify or witness any more.
3. DEVILITIS AFFECTS THE EYES
You can not see the lost, or the needs of the Church
4. DEVILITIS AFFECTS THE FEET
You can not walk with God, or your fellow believers anymore
5. DEVILITIS AFFECTS THE BRAIN
It makes you buy an NIV Bible
It makes you think that Joel Osteen or Harold Camping are of GOD
It makes you think hyper Calvinism is true
6. DEVILITIS AFFECTS YOUR SENSE OF DIRECTION
You cannot find an Independent,Fundamental,Bible believing, Christ exalting, saint edifying, sinner repenting Church for the same reason a burglar cannot find a cop.
Do you have Devilitis? Maybe the symptoms are mild, but you better take heed, once afflicted if not cured you will have a full blown case of Devilitis!
Some other names for this disease are Apathy, Laziness, lukewarm Christianity, Compromise, or Rebellion.
1 Corinthians 15:58- "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."
Ephesians 4:14-24 and verse 27 "That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness......Neither give place to the devil."
Beware of Devilitis!
(borrowed from a friend and modified)