The church has lost the experiential knowledge of how exactly a Christian becomes like Christ in essence (spiritual nature) and character.
Strategies and Church programs cannot replace knowledge of how we become like Christ; what God has done and continues to do; and our part in the process.
With respect to importance of knowledge Jesus declares in John 8:32 that (paraphrase):
“If you have chosen to be my disciple, obey me, and you shall arrive at knowledge of the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
If only those who already follow and obey are able to know the truth and become free, and we find the church, in reality, to not be free, there is knowledge of experiential truth that is lacking in the Church.
Only revival and reformation made possible by the Holy Spirit, and that is rooted in a knowing of how to become like Christ can fix the Church.
To illustrate the depth of the problem, ask yourself, “do you really know how to become like Christ?” I do not ask whether you know what the Bible says, but rather whether you confidently can assert that you have experienced what is asserted in Christian Scriptures?
Until we experience what is promised in the Scriptures, we do not really know for ourselves, only can assert what Jesus and the apostles declared that we ought to know.
What we ought to know and what we know do not necessarily coincide.
I asked myself this question until by the grace of Jesus Christ, I received spiritual revelation.
Now I know the answer, but it took 25 years, because first, the Holy Spirit had to grow me spiritually if I was to arrive at the spiritual understanding.
Most of the church continues, however, not to realize that they do not know the answer to the question, that is, are totally oblivious to necessity of the question.
But if believers in Christ do not know how to become like Christ, where exactly will the power for love that overcomes racial biases come from?
Strategies and programs do not have any power for changing of the human heart. Only in presence of the love of Christ in our hearts we are able to overcome our sinful biases.