“The greatest danger facing the Church today is exhaustion –
because God is resisting us as a proud Church.”
Francis Frangipane

Confessions of a Proud Church

In September, 1998, 120 leaders of the Church in America gathered in an “upper room” for 3 days of prayer, fasting, and repentance. This was perhaps an historic event, at least for our generation, as Mission America director, Dr. Paul Cedar called for a focus of repentance, not by the nation, but repentance of the Church. The following confessions of leaders were hand-recorded.

  • We live on the edge of image.
  • We are full of presumption.
  • We exalt our group and personal doctrines.
  • We are self-sufficient.
  • We are unwilling to pray.
  • We are too proud to truly ask for help.
  • We have a critical spirit.
  • We have leaders who disdain the people.
  • We do Kingdom business by the world’s standards.
  • We do not tremble at the Word of the Lord.
  • We are full of hypocrisy.
  • We have dethroned Jesus and enthroned ourselves.
  • We are full of deceit – lying to ourselves and to God.
  • We are trapped in SELF consciousness.
  • We are ensnared by the love of money.
  • We have gone to bed with the world.
  • We promote personalities rather than principles.
  • We think we can do Kingdom business apart from the King.
  • We do not know how to humble ourselves.
  • We are full of excuses – refuse to take responsibility.
  • We are competitive with one another.
  • We are carnal in our leadership.
  • We have a controlling spirit.
  • We are self-seeking.
  • We deny the Lordship of Christ.
  • We purport to repent without repenting, giving God’s spiritualese.
  • We do not have the fear of the Lord.
  • We do not trust God’s grace or mercy.
  • We have confused obedience and grace.
  • We are building our own houses.
  • We are adulterers and fornicators.
  • We have refused to preach and teach the whole TRUTH.
  • We have sought to curry favor with the people more than to please God.
  • We have exchanged righteousness for SELF righteousness.
  • We have evangelized but have not discipled.


Could this be where revival begins?