The American church is falling. Our enemy has made abundant use of distractions so that we cannot detect his attacks, and most of his attacks are already hard to see coming. Many times he even acts in a frugal fashion and reuses the same distractions repeatedly. If you’re wondering what distractions in the church look like, they are really not that hard to see. They usually stand out or grab our attention by stirring up our emotions. That’s what makes them so incredibly effective. When something takes our attention away from Jesus and our service to Him it is a distraction and when we see distractions we know that our enemy is trying to hide something that directly affects God’s people. Some examples of distractions in the church are: Endless doctrinal arguments on things that do not affect a person following Jesus here and now… Entertaining shows and sermons rather than teaching that draws us closer to Jesus than we have ever been before… Music that manipulates us through our feelings rather than just letting us make thought out decisions based on the truth of the gospel and God’s word… Argument over styles of music or the décor of a building… Political fights and movements that become our focus… More concern over how we feel about ourselves than over telling us what God says about us and what we are (or aren’t) doing… Etc, etc, etc… There are undoubtedly many more types of distractions to be had in and around the church and our lives. There are more types than we can possibly learn in detail, but the simple fact is that we do not need to learn all about them. We need to learn about Jesus. Through prayer, study of scripture, and fellowship we learn to focus on Jesus above and beyond ALL ELSE. When we do that we will begin to see the distractions when they appears, and when we do we need to be ruthless in our determination to ignore and/or remove them.