You’ve heard the criticisms: “The church is failing. The church is/isn’t doing X.” Don’t listen to those critics. Maybe you are the critic. In that case, I ask you as politely as possible to just shut up.
The church is not failing. The church is faithfully doing exactly what Jesus commanded, and is succeeding to the exact degree that God has foreordained. That is, the church in general, as a whole. Certainly, there are individuals and groups who are not being faithful, and none of us—not even you, O Critic—can claim perfection. But the church, I repeat, is not failing.
Criticize if you must—and sometimes you must—but reserve your criticism for those who need it. No shotgun blasts into the crowd, please. Have the courage and integrity to be specific, to name names when necessary. To send out blanket accusations against “the church” slanders your brothers and sisters, slanders the bride of Christ, and therefore Christ himself.
The church is doing fine. The church is doing wonderfully well, as it has from the beginning, as it will through eternity.
“I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).