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For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.
They will reject the truth and chase after myths.
But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you
2 Timothy 4 verses 3,4,5
I read the news these days and realize what a messed up world we live in. I’ll make comments on the world through a prophetic or biblical lens and I realize that even closer to home, worse then the death and disease and all out there, people are very biblically illiterate.
Now… let me be the first to say that I certainly am not a teacher, or a pastor, I’m only *pretty* sure I’ve read the whole bible, maybe missed a chapter here or there in all the years reading it. I never went to school – other then sunday school. I’m no genius when it comes to the bible… having said that, I have fairly broad based knowledge of it, the stories, the background, the commentary type stuff. Most of it from a lifetime of sermons, seminars, podcasts. Topics ranging from Genesis and creation to prophecy and Revelation (Daniel, Matthew, Luke, etc) and Israeli history.
I can’t fault those who aren’t Christians or didn’t grow up in the church. I do have words for those who do profess to be Christians and who do attend church. Its their responsibility to study the word, to find the great teachers and speakers, figure out what Gods plan is for them, what He wants etc. And as important, I think people need a full understanding of the word, start to finish regardless of whether we have all the answers or not. We don’t of course.
I posted a link on facebook about why creation is key to biblical understanding and faith, its the foundation of the whole Word, if its a fable, the bible is a fable and fake.
Today, many Christians think the creation versus evolution controversy is not that important. They think we should not let this issue divide the church. By thinking that way, they misunderstand the foundational nature of this issue. Recently, I spoke on the importance of creation. As he introduced me the pastor stated, “I’m just an old country boy from Kentucky. God said He created it, and I believe it. Period.” “But,” the pastor continued, “we not only need to believe it, we need to understand it, and then we need to be able to defend it.” That pastor had a true understanding of how critical this issue of creation versus evolution really is.
Thats an excerpt from the article. People who don’t know the basics, the fundamentals, these are the ones most likely to sway in their doctrine, to be swayed, even to depart from the faith. People these days not only brand you as a bigot and a radical fundamentalist when you stand on what the bible says, but Christians even get uncomfortable in church when the pastors start talking about sin, uncomfortable to the point that they don’t want to go anymore :S
There are so many excuses too which I won’t get into for people leaving church. This is a bit of a rant blog, the whole idea though is that its hard oddly to say things that are biblically true. The fear is that people will take it hard, will not understand the meaning of it, will brand me as those things I mentioned…. Its just bizarre, and one more sign that we are living in the last days.
Man will be prideful, will fall away from the faith thinking they can do it all, they know it all, calling Christians narrow minded and not politically correct, even to the extent of marginalizing some groups of christians as a form of terrorist group for their beliefs and apparent ‘hate speech’ about things like homosexuality.
Rapidly the world is turning away from Christ, we can see it in church attendance, we can see it in the amount of bible truth people are willing to endure before saying its outdated, or demeaning or defamatory.
I’m not worried though, the Word says this will happen:
Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons.
1 Timothy 4:1
Notice how inflammatory these verses seem now when before there would have been ‘Amen’s in upon reading them? Yet this is the truth and the future of mankind, and the world.
People don’t like to hear that! How dare I suggest and believe that people who don’t follow Jesus are following demons and even satan? I’m not nice at all, its not polite to point this stuff out to people :S
One thing I can do is say,.. hey, i didn’t say it, God did 😉 Thats the easy way out and totally valid.
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