As you and I read various news articles from around the Christian community, it is hard not to notice that many churches and denominations appear to be stepping away from “controversial” biblical teachings in favor of a world view version of the bible. I believe this means that tough subjects such as homosexuality, abortion, adultery, same sex marriage, and going to hell for not acknowledging Jesus as Lord and Savior, are no longer being discussed, let alone preached about in churches.
Moral relativism and congregational entertainment seem to be all the rage. Are we in the period prophesied in the Bible as the “great falling away” of the church; the age of the church apostasy?
You and I are warned:
1 Timothy 4:1-2 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, (2) speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron.
2d Timothy 4: 1-4 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: (2) Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching. (3) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; (4) and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
Brothers and sisters, Paul is telling us that people will move away from strict teaching of the gospel and begin to substitute other ideas in place of the guidelines and directions God gave to us through Jesus Christ, the apostles and the Word (Bible). These “false teachers” will teach doctrines that are easy to hear and don’t cause the congregation to become uncomfortable with their own sin and failure to do God’s will.
Moral Relativism will become commonplace and in order to maintain their revenue, “PREACHERS” will teach a “feel good” approach to the Scripture, where such things as divorce, adultery, homosexuality, gossip, unwillingness to forgive, strife, jealousy, anger, disputes, and factions are never discussed. Sermons might as well be “soap operas” with religious words and phrases added for Christian palatability.
I have seen this move away from basis Christian doctrine. Pastors now have to entertain and amuse people. The dumbing down of society has walked through the door of the church.
The Bible and its Truths have truly become minimized to the modern. Enlightened church’s search for something more “appealing”. Something to keep the collection plate dollars rolling in. Something to keep from making people “feel bad.” Something “nicer” than that old fashioned message of sin, salvation and hell.
You may not believe just how true the aforementioned words are. They are my words, but they represent actual churches I’ve seen. Mainstream churches “Fallen-away churches.”
Accept Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. You may not really have tomorrow. Salvation is a free gift. Have a Blessed Day.
Written by Edward Jeffries