Rip Van Winkle slept through a revolution. When he fell asleep, George III was ruler of America. When he woke up, George Washington was President of the United States. Rip didn’t know what had happened. He started whooping it up for the King and almost got into trouble. He was hollering for the wrong George! Not a few misguided souls are doing just that today. Some think they are boosting the Kingdom of Heaven when they are really helping set up the scene for antichrist. A newsboy was asked why he sold papers when he made only two cents on each one he sold. He replied, “It gives me a chance to holler!” Some will espouse any cause that affords them a chance to holler!
A mortician can make a dead man look better than he ever did when he was alive. So churches like Sardis may appear very much alive when they are dead in the sight of the Lord. There are experts who are very clever at this business of making church corpses appear very healthy so that they have an image for robust vitality in their own sight, among other churches, and up at headquarters – but God knows the difference.