After Eli the priest had died, his son Phinehas was slain, and the ark of God was taken from Israel by their enemies, Eli’s daughter-n-law named her child I-chabod. I-chabod means: The glory of the Lord has departed. And in many New Testament churches today the services could very well be named after this child, because the glory of the Lord has departed. When our services are more about style than they are substance the glory of the Lord has departed. When our services become more about entertainment than they are a heart change for God then the glory of the Lord has departed. When our services become more about celebrity preachers and celebrity entertainers than it does the one and only celebrated-never duplicated Jesus Christ our savior then the glory of the Lord has departed. It seems as if our pastors today are under attack to bring the world’s influence, and their way of doing things into the church. Many pastors have come to the conclusion that the only way they will keep their members; the only way they are going to get larger is if they bring (if only so slightly) a little of the world into the church. We must be careful with that because a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. Child of God, if Jesus can’t draw them; if the word of truth can’t draw them; you never had them anyway. In fact, you probably won’t be able to keep them because they joined under the pre-tense of style and not substance. I challenge the leaders in the church today to preach the truth of God’s word and let him add to the church daily. Anything other than the truth of God’s word is I-chabod. (Ref. 1 Sam 4:21).
God Bless You.