There is a healthy enthusiasm for planting churches. It is preached and taught at Bible colleges everywhere. Planting churches is certainly Biblical. Church planters are to be admired and supported in prayer and finances. Statistics tell us that many churches close each month. Some of them close for a legitimate reason such as God writing “Ichabod” (God has departed) over the door for some unconfessed sin or disobedience. These are the extreme cases. Unfortunately, there are leaders who have said that some old churches should be closed to make room for the new churches and younger church planters. While it is true that bodies do die a natural death in time, it is not true that the assets of such bodies should be thrown to the wind just because the body is sick. Most of the churches that have been closed could have been salvaged. The same care, prayer, and forethought should be offered to ailing churches that is offered to many baby churches. Then the land, buildings, bank accounts, and furniture could be saved to be useful to the Lord in future ministries. Sometimes there are unscrupulous men who take ailing churches just to bring them down and liquidate the assets, hoping to benefit personally by the closing the church. This is ungodliness. Churches are carefully planted by those who are called to do so. Church planters have sending pastors. We often use the term “baby church” when speaking of a church plant. This infers that this baby church has a mother church. Many pastors have been very particular when it comes to the authority of a church planter and the church which he plants. They are careful to be sure that everything is in order and in alignment with Biblical principles. Optimism is high. Enthusiasm is fervent, and the church planter is experiencing faith that could move mountains. This generates money for the new church and the church planter. Some to these churches survive and become great lighthouses for the Gospel. If the church plant grows to maturity, it will reproduce itself many times in the following years. There is the occasion where churches fall prey to Satan’s attacks. Discouragement often causes pastors to resign from their ministries prematurely, and the glorious bride of Christ is treated like an unwanted orphan or an immoral woman. She is left to her own devices. She receives no care except from those who falsely claim to love her. She is used and abused and often left to fend for herself. Men are placed in charge of her who are not qualified to fill the pulpit. Personal agendas take precedent over Biblical principles. When the last blessing has been wrung out of the church that falls into this horrible condition it is often said, “It would be better if the church closed it’s doors.” My question is, “For whom would it better?” Certainly, it would not be better for the Lord nor His testimony in the community. It would not be better for the souls that had been saved through the ministry of that church. It would not be better for the original church planter nor the church that sent him to plant that church. My conclusion is that when a church closes, it is only better for the devil. He hates the Lord, the Bible, and the churches. If qualified men with integrity will step up and get involved with ailing churches, they could save some of those churches from untimely deaths. There are such men all around us. They are affiliated by fellowship and doctrine. If a man’s doctrine is right, and he is not corrupt morally, or financially, he could be used by the Lord for such a purpose. It will take some Biblical knowledge, a healthy dose of practical wisdom, mixed with courage to attempt the seemingly impossible chore of reviving an ailing church. If it is God’s plan for churches to be born, then surely it is His plan for them to be rescued when they are unhealthy. The Bible teaches that the church is a body. It is a body of living souls. How could we possibly justify closing these ailing churches? God wants them to be healthy and prosperous for the His glory.