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DANGEROUS TRENDS IN BIBLE CHRISTIANITY:
“………. Preach the word be instant in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away from the truth , and shall be turned unto fables.”
Bible believing and preaching ministries of local New Testament churches of our day, are more and more catering to many carnal worldly trends, that are entering, permeating, saturating, sometimes literally dominating and even dictating the ministries. This article is not making any blanket condemnation of anyone, nor we are questioning motives. Only God can judge. As ours is a ministry dedicated to feed the flock and to build up the Church of God; it is also our responsibility to sound the warning, “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up the standard against him.” Isaiah 59:19
1. Carnal Appetite: the desire to gratify the flesh-carnal appetites are supplanting spiritual affections in numerous congregations. In some congregations sensual attitudes and worldly actions are becoming common fare. Immoral conduct, adultery, separations and easy divorces among church families are rapidly accelerating and destroying the spiritual fabric of formerly sound congregation.
Carnal conditions similar to the first century church at Corinth prevail in some churches. unnecessary strife, unwholesome divisions, and petty contentions are causing great disruptions inside formerly spiritually united churches. The apostle Paul chastised the Corinthian church when he stated, “And I brethren could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.” 1st Corinthians 3:1. And asserting that he said, ” For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not yet carnal, and walk as men?” 1st Corinthians 3:3.
2. Contemporizing Actions: Many congregations adopt to unwholesome current societal trends is another dangerous tendency that is permeating the formerly biblicaly sound Churches. These churches are now adopting the precepts, patterns and practices of the ungodly world. They are borrowing both the message of their subject and their methodology from tainted New-Evangelical sources.
They are copying and utilizing undependable contemporary and reformed teachers such as John Piper, Michael Denver etc.; using unbiblical contemporary translation texts such as NIV, NASB, NEV etc; and unreliable contemporary techniques such as, humanistic based cell groups, Psychology, ecumenical evangelism etc. Success and self-esteem is gaining foot hold and seem so important in these once fundamental beacons of hope, which seem to overshadow everything else. The “Gospel of Success” is being accepted and preached by increasing number of these churches.
to be continued…………………….
The Staff of The Peoples Gospel Hour
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff