Tough and challenging discussion on air today. None of us wants to believe dangerous false teachings are creeping into the church. But the reality is, Christianity in the United States is under a full frontal, comprehensive attack. New Age Spirituality is being presented in teachings of the Emergent Church and social justice movements. Even well known Christian leaders like Rick Warren are part of a plan to meld Christian beliefs with those of Islam—a religion completely at odds with the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Many within the faith are so concerned with getting along with everyone these days. They want us to be seen as a people who are accepting and loving to all. And yes we need to be those things—but never at the cost of the truth of God’s Word. Jude’s short letter in God’s Word warns of false teachers and the call to persevere as true believers. Starting in verse 17, Jude says:
“But dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold: They said to you, in the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires. These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. But you dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith And pray in the Holy Spirit.”
I see the day when Christian leaders in our nation will look around in disbelief as the church is under siege and many fall away from the faith. They will ask themselves “How did it come to this?” To answer that question they will have to look in the mirror. There they might just see the face of a man who refused to be a Watchman on the Wall as the enemy attacked. They might just see the face of a man who cared more about the size of his church or radio ministry, than he cared for the flock he was entrusted with.
In Matthew 23, Jesus weeps over the city of Jerusalem. “Of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings; but you were not willing. Look your house is left to you desolate.”
As we enter these final days, I wonder if Jesus is weeping over us? Are we forsaking Him and His Word in our desire to be loved and respected by the world? Are we willing to sacrifice our core beliefs as followers of Jesus to accommodate the world’s acceptance of us as open minded and non-judgmental? Are we worshipping false gods without even realizing it?
But never lose heart. The Lord our God is greater than any lie or deception the enemy brings forward. Paul commended the Bereans for taking no man at his word, but instead searching the scripture to see what God has to say. We encourage each of you to be like the Bereans—always go to the Word of God and the truth, light and hope it brings to us. As the world continues to decay around us, God’s promises are exciting and encouraging to all of us who remain faithful to Him. We have nothing to fear.