What happens when someone who was once spiritually alive enters into a state of unbelief?
Can someone disconnect from the original love for God they once had? Can a church once known for its vibrant life suddenly or slowly die and be propped up in a chair to keep up appearances?
While we think we can ‘keep up appearances’ there comes a point when the body stinketh. It must be declared dead and given a proper burial.
Jesus saw the decaying state of the religious who were carefully preserved to appear alive and well. There were those who kept up appearances to imply strongly that they were very alive in their faith, but in fact were dead on their feet. Listen to his confrontational critique:
There is a spiritual condition called ‘keeping up appearances’, but it cannot change the truth of what is going on behind the scenes.