On many church brochures, you will see something along the lines of “Come as you are.” Many of the more liberal churches will even encourage you to stay as you are. Some churches will go one step better and add “but don’t stay as you came” to the end of that. While that may sound good – we do want people to change, to grow in grace, but should people come as they are? How exactly are people when they are coming just as they are? Should the pride-filled sinner come in his pride?
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. James 4:6
Shouldn’t the proud sinner come in humility? Shouldn’t the blasphemer come crying out for mercy? Shouldn’t the idolater come leaving his idols behind?
To come into His presence, we must first humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways. Don’t come as you are.