The title of this article, and the questions it raises, have never been more relevant than they are in our contemporary times. We are living through a period of time unprecedented in all of history. Although there has been “wars and rumors of wars” going on throughout the world since ancient time, for the first time in human history, we have the ability to destroy all of mankind in a nuclear holocaust. We are also seeing the spread of false religions, such as Islam, bringing about incredible inhumanity, world-wide terrorism and devastation in shocking intensity and frequency. The formation and spread of religions, such as the Jehovah Witnesses, who deny the Deity of the Holy Trinity, and the Latter Day Saints, (Mormon religion,) who proclaim a “new gospel,” have been successful spreading their false religions to over 20 million people, (combined,) throughout the world. Islam is the fasting growing religion in the world today, and is expected to surpass Christianity by the end of the century, if Christ does not return before then.
Within the Christian Churches, particularly Protestant Denominations, “Prosperity Ministries,” are growing in numbers represented by “Mega-Churches” under the leadership of Pastors who live their lives like “rock stars,” and encourage their followers to pray for worldly blessings and material gain. Even though the Holy Scriptures are full of warnings against such teachings, these Churches misrepresent Scripture in absolute contradiction to the Word of God, and the Commandments of Jesus Christ.
Holistic spirituality and other cultism is incredibly popular throughout the world, as well as a general belief in naturalism fueled by evolutionist, holding beliefs contrary to God’s Word about the creation of mankind. Atheism is on the rise, as well as people who generally associate themselves loosely with Christianity, yet deny the infallibility of the Holy Bible. I recently read some surveys that indicated just slightly over ½ of people who claim to be Christian can even recite five of the Ten Commandments!
One of the most devastating blows to Christianity is the trend towards “cultural relevance.” That is to say, many, many, Churches today avoid talking about Biblical truths that could offend their congregations or result in excluding those who want a softer Christianity. The Word of God does not change with the times. What was true when Jesus was here on earth, is true today, and no matter what we are comfortable believing. True Christianity has never been a casual, soft, or comfortable religion.
These things are on my heart deeply this morning, as I come to prayer about the Church. I hope you would join me today.
Yours in Christ-