If anyone, who is not a Christian, was looking at the Christian Church today, they probably would have some serious reasons to have doubts about the effectiveness of the message of Christianity upon some of it’s adherents. And this lack of effectiveness upon some of it’s adherents, is not because there aren’t legitimate Christians doing legitimate Christian works all over the world and it’s not because there aren’t many many Christians faithfully walking with our Lord. There obviously are.
But on the other side of the coin, within the Church, there are many Christians that have failed to deal with their personal sin and have used their positions of trust, authority and leadership to exploit and further their own weaknesses and prejudices. I’ll be 74 years old next month and I can’t remember a time in my life when there have been so many outcries for the injustice and outright sin to stop. And I am deliberately not pointing fingers at any one particular denomination or one of the three major divisions within Christianity, because it would appear, from my perspective, that the full spectrum of Christianity is being effected, at varying degrees. And it’s not like these instances of abuse and exploitation of trust, authority and leadership to further the continuance of sinful choices are new, because they have always been there, but never, in my recollection, during my lifetime, in the magnitude of instances, of which they are surfacing today.
On top of this are the cultural changes that are taking place within our societies where the institution of marriage between a man and a woman are no longer mandated by law, where the acceptance of gender preference and equality are advocated by law and definitive moral guidelines have all but been abandoned. Self indulgence is honored above all else where millions and millions of baby’s lives are sacrificed on the alter of convenience and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is watered down to accommodate the changing tide. Those who stand firm on God’s Word are labelled as bigoted and judgemental, out of step with the changing times and lacking in compassion and mercy.
You would think that is more than sufficient to deal with wouldn’t you? But it doesn’t stop there. Within the Church there are also multiple movements growing, which cast aside the old ways including reliance of God’s Word, for new revelations and new ways, showcased with signs and wonders for all. Multitudes are entering these paths, not even suspecting that the path they are walking in leads to their intended destruction.
What is also difficult to comprehend is the uncontrolled entrapment of pornography and instant sexual gratification that is proliferated and delivered throughout the vast networks of electronic multimedia devices and it’s intended effect on the populace at large, not to mention the Church of Jesus Christ. I wish I could say it stops here but you know that isn’t true. Materialism and all of it’s ramifications is thrown into the mixture for good measure. If one didn’t know better, one could easily suspect that we’ve returned to the days of the Roman Empire that the early Christian Church met head on.
But there is a huge difference between the early Christian Church and ours. We’ve cast aside the true nature of man. Repentance, from a personal, and collective perspective, has largely become a foreign word. We’ve forgotten the reality of our Lord’s resurrection. The reality and wonder of the spiritual realm has all but been forgotten. We’ve failed, as a global Church, and in many cases, individually, to develop and maintain at all costs, the personal relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, that is so absolutely vital and necessary. The accuser is having a field day.
Matthew 24:3-14 NIV
As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.
“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
Job 19:25-27 NIV
I know that my redeemer lives,
and that in the end he will stand on the earth.
And after my skin has been destroyed,
yet in my flesh I will see God;
I myself will see him
with my own eyes–I, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!