We will begin by first saying what we are referring to as a biblical church, as it exists on this earth today, will never be a perfect church. The perfect church awaits the heavenly perfect age. But, it is a church that does aspire to be perfect.
With each year, we can see the apostate church increasing. The truth of the Bible is denied or perverted, heresy reigns and sin abounds. We know that God’s Word tells us ungodliness and apostasy will abound. But, this does not mean our spirits aren’t grieved and our hearts hurt because of the condition of this last days’ apostasy and the rebellion and wickedness of men’s hearts.
There is a famine in the land today for the Word of God, just as happened to Old Testament Israel. The Bible tells us of this. (Amos 8:11-12; II Tim. 4:3-4) True believers increasingly find themselves starved for the Word of God. They are becoming more and more famished for it—thirsty in a dry land.