What The Spirit is Saying to the Church
What the Spirit is Saying to the Church is an apocalyptic view from the letters to the seven churches in the book of Revelation that begins its message to the church admonishing her to return to her first love which she has abandoned. The author contends that this first love requirement demands a redirection of priorities for the Twenty-First-Century Church-in-the-Black-Experience. It demonstrates how, for the love of Christ, she must move beyond a limited vision of just a good-looking church and satisfaction with old definitions. Christ gives a rebuke to the church and a direct warning that if she does not repent and return to her first love, he will then remove her lampstand!
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