Eph 4:14 “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”
While we progress farther into the last days we will and are seeing the doctrines of God being set aside from the teaching in the pulpit for something that is more palatable to man. We knew this was coming because Paul wrote to Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:3 “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;” People today want to be made comfortable in their sin. We are seeing men and women that think they are called to preach refusing to preach the truth because it will offend some people and preachers believe that you can’t reach someone if you offend them. There is truth to that but I remember when Peter was told to preach no more in the Name of Jesus: Acts 4:18 “And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.”, that he refused to comply: Acts 4:19 “But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. 20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” Where are these preachers today?
As examples of the twisting of God’s Word in today’s churches we see denomination after denomination accepting homosexuality as a viable lifestyle with some churches ordaining men who practice that lifestyle in states where it was not legal at the time. That is about the same as ordaining a heterosexual that is known to be sleeping with different members of the church. These denominations teach that God is love, and He is and that He loves everyone, and He does, but He has set guidelines for human relationships and male/male or female/female is not on His agenda. These new ‘doctrines’ may be easier to live by but they leave the hearer with no true foundation, only a foundation of sand, and will ultimately be the cause of a failed life but also will give him a place in eternity where he doesn’t want to be, in hell! I heard a preacher say one time that he had a dream and he was in hell and watching a man going around and looking into big holes in the ground where flames were leaping out and he would reach down in the hole a pull a man out, look at him and throw him back in the hole, go to the next one and repeat that procedure. The preacher called out to the man and asked him what he was doing and he said he was looking for the preacher that lied to him! I believe that preachers that refuse to teach the truth will end up in hell. God will say I never knew you.
Man has tried to add his intelligence to the Word of God for centuries and the only result is nothing less than anarchy. Those that don’t like the restraints of godly living have been trying to eliminate the influence that Christianity has on society and the world. You don’t see them attacking Islam or other religions, only Christianity. Good reason. Christianity is the only religion that has the truth and that can do damage to the devils kingdom. If all religions hurt the devil he would attack all of them but he only attacks Christianity. Consider Obama’s birth control mandate in Obamacare. Muslims are exempt from Obamacare entirely on religious grounds but Christians are being forced to pay for the abortion mandate even though it is against our beliefs and doctrines! Why is one religion allowed to follow its beliefs but another, the one that this nation was founded on, is not allowed?
We see in today’s society that just about anything is being accepted. Political correctness is turning the greatest nation the world has ever seen into a bunch of gutless, immoral pansies. Our parents, during the 1940’s, while they were still in their teens, saved the world from a Marxist regime but today’s college age kids need a safe place because someone said something that didn’t agree with their moronic ideology. Today’s kids don’t think that opposing views to their own should be allowed. There is no debate allowed. There is only one side to the conversation, theirs. That view is being fed by teachers, from elementary school to college, who have a socialistic point of view. A religious point of view is scorned and even mocked.
Students who have a biblical point of view about marriage are failed in some classes and the courts uphold the schools right to push an anti-biblical point of view, of course anything that’s anti-Islam is not accepted. A student that does not believe in the ‘Theory of evolution’, even though it’s only a theory, can be flunked for that reason only. There is a reason for this. If creation is true, then there is a higher power that we must answer to and main stream society does not want to have to answer to a higher power. They are their own god.
Some will ask “How did we get from the Christian nation we were founded as to such a godless society?” It is simple. Charles Finney warned how this would happen. “If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discernment, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in Christianity, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it.”
That is it in a nutshell. The pulpit has stopped preaching the true Word of God for fear of offending someone. Sin is still sin but it has been glossed over to the point where abortion, living together outside of marriage, and same-sex ’marriage’, is celebrated in many churches.
I am familiar with a church that will not address the problem within the black community, 63% of all black pregnancies end in abortion, 72% of black children grow up in a single parent home, 98% of black murders are done by other blacks, because it will offend the blacks in that church! This is insane! If a community refuses to address its own problems they will never be corrected and the problems will only get worse.
We have lost a couple generations because of this and are on the verge of losing another one because of the refusal of that community to make a stand and demand that these things stop. Even many black preachers won’t talk about it. There is racism in the black church as bad as anywhere else. My son played in the band at the church we attended many years ago and they were going to play at a black church one Sunday but when the Senior Pastor of the black church found out there was a white boy in the band, he cancelled the event. Is this how the body of Christ is supposed to act towards other members of the body? Paul wrote in Galatians 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Where is this doctrine in the church? The church is failing to do what it is called to do.
The modern day church has lost the importance of preaching the truth of God’s Word. Paul wrote to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:1 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; (2) Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; (3) Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. (4) For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: (5) For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. (6) If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.”
This is just what we are experiencing, giving heed to seducing spirits. I’ve seen several nationally known preachers completely destroy their ministry because they have taken on a completely unbiblical doctrine. God’s Word is not that hard to understand. There is some study required but the Holy Spirit will reveal the truth to you when you seek it. Paul continued on this subject is 1 Timothy 6:3 “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; (4) He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, (5) Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.” I left the denominational church that I grew up in and my wife left the one she grew up in for this reason. There was no teaching of the truth. Both denominations had centuries of their own doctrines that they followed instead of God’s doctrines. The early church held fast to God’s doctrines and was a powerful church. It was able to heal the sick, raise the dead, and produce prosperity because they taught the truth. There was persecution but there will always be persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12 “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
The culture that we are seeing today is so far from the Word of God it isn’t even funny. I have to bring up this homosexual transgender thing because it is a deadly influence of our upcoming generations. We have to be honest about this. There are only two genders, male and female. We have to understand that God never changes.
In Genesis we are told what God has ordained. Genesis 1:26 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (27) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (28) And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” A man/woman physical relationship is the only relationship that He has ordained. A same-sex relationship is brought up several times in scripture and none of them are embraced by God.
The first one is Leviticus 18:22 “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” It is confirmed in the New Testament in Romans 1:24 “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: (26) For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: (27) And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” 2 Timothy 3 references men and women ‘without natural affection’. This isn’t brain science, it’s common sense. We now have the president of the United States telling us that we have to allow a person that is perverted and incapable of determining his/her gender into the restroom of the opposite sex because that person ‘feels’’ like that gender today.
When a person is born they either have XY chromosomes, male, or XX chromosomes, female. If you’re male your ‘plumbing’ is on the outside and if you’re female your ‘plumbing’ is on the inside. To be forced to accept anything else is tyranny on steroids. I will not allow a male to enter into a restroom where my wife, daughter or granddaughter is and no government should have the authority to force me to. God did not make a homosexual a homosexual! Scripture says “in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” There is no mention of the other 31 ‘genders’ that New York requires people to acknowledge.
This is happening because of the failure of the church to raise up people to be put into places of authority. The church, for the most part, refuses to be involved in the political process and we are paying the price for that today. We have a Muslim in the White House with most of his aids and confidants Muslim as well. They are spread throughout our national security forces and in our military. Obama is allowing ‘refugees’ from Muslim nations into America without properly vetting them causing a great security risk for the American people. All this because of the failure of the church to preach the truth. Afraid to offend. More afraid of the IRS than of God.
There is a remnant that has not bowed their knee to Baal and will never bow their knee. Paul warned Timothy about the need to stay the course: 2 Timothy 4:2 “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (3) 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; (4) And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (5) But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.” Preachers won’t preach the truth because they may lose ‘tithers’. If they do leave they are very immature people.
Titus tells us what we must do: Titus 1:9 “Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.” The world mocks the Christian lifestyle. It’s called boring, wimpy, and poor but that is only because the church no longer walks in the power it was given. It can, but most won’t teach it. If we would walk in everything that God has given us we would be more powerful than anything the world could offer. Find that remnant church that walks in the power and don’t stray from it. It is the power to salvation.