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Tuesday
Sep192017

Concepts That Have Died In The Church

My last posting had to do with words that have died within the culture and within most churches today. It got me thinking about other things that specifically have died within the Church since I became a Christian.

Holy Living: this was taught from many pulpits throughout the 70’s especially in Pentecostal denominations. It was a belief that we are to be in the world, but not of it. Some of the restrictions that were placed upon those of us in these churches were things like:

 

  • Going to the movies
  • Dancing
  • Playing cards
  • Drinking beer/wine
  • Eating in restaurants with a bar attached
  • Listening to secular music

 

The list was quite endless as to the things you couldn’t do. I realize that many of these restrictions were ‘way overboard, yet the church taught that if the physical body of any believer belonged to the Lord, then our lifestyle should never bring shame to His name.

Today, I think the concept of holiness is foreign to most believers, and our standards have changed in such a radical way that there is no difference in how we live our lives from those outside of the church.

From an article from Proven Men Ministries:

Christian men are having an alarmingly difficult time abstaining from the sexual sins of viewing pornography and committing adultery on their spouses, according to a new national survey. Tragically, married Christian men are failing miserably when it comes to these sins, as 55 percent look at pornography at least once a month and 35 percent cheated on their spouses in an extramarital affair.

The Barna Group researchers found that 77 percent of Christian men between the ages of 18 and 30 view pornography at least monthly, and 36 percent look at it at least once a day. Thirty-two percent of these men admit having an addiction to porn.

There are other areas as well that have seen a sharp rise in Christians failing. Christians are failing in their marriages much like the secular world. They also are among the numbers of people seeking addiction therapy, and even their personal conviction about the definition of sin has been modified substantially. 

This last statement about not having a strong personal conviction about sinful behavior is the most troubling to me. Christians are loose on abortion services, drinking, sex before marriage, and the lack of integrity among clients in business or ministry associates.

We have lost the moral convictions we once practiced, in exchange for a more socially accepted lifestyle.

There was a day when pastors had altar calls for people to come to repent and renew their relationship to God. There are few ministries that do this anymore, as everyone is too private today.

Biblical Prophecy: few pastors today preach about Bible prophecy and the end times. People don’t want to hear about the end times because it scares them and therefore many churches have decided not to address it. The death of discernment seems to be a direct result of ignoring Bible prophecy. Christians have a hard time understanding that there are teachers and teachings that are not suitable for healthy spiritual living. Some of these include the “no hell” gospel, where God does not punish anyone because God has eliminated the place called ‘hell.’

One Bible commentator said that there is more “apostasy” being preached from the pulpit than Bible doctrine. I remember the late David Wilkerson preach about the “Apostate Church” that will form in the last days.

Here is a link to a shorter version of David Wilkerson’s teaching:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaPCxDtUZXo

David refers to Isaiah 30:10 where the people are refusing to listen to God's Word. 

10 They tell the seers,
    “Stop seeing visions!”
They tell the prophets,
    “Don’t tell us what is right.
Tell us nice things.
    Tell us lies. 

Biblical prophecy tells us about the apostate church, where people will turn away from hearing the truth.

They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.  –Titus 1:16

Many Bible commentators say that the Apostle Paul was addressing the Church when he wrote the following:

2 Timothy 3:1-5 “You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!”

Bible prophecy is not to be ignored. Pastors and Christian leaders who do not study and preach on eschatology are failing to fulfill their call to teach the Church all that Jesus taught. They don't realize that they are contributing to the Biblical concepts that are dying within the Church in the West.

I presented two concepts that are dying or dead in today’s church, (there are many more) and I explained why this is a concern for all believers in who trust in Jesus Christ for salvation. The sermon by David Wilkerson is much more in depth about this theme, and worth every minute you spend listening to it.  (it will be the best sermon you have heard in a while) Here is the longer sermon version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAg1rQha1Mo

As you listen ask the Holy Spirit to show you how discernment is dying, and how the Bible is being twisted and distorted today.

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

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