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Mike is the general manager of Q90 FM and co-host of Stand Up For The Truth. His new book, "The Suicide of American Christianity" published in May of 2012.

Is The Church being Lulled To Sleep?

 

As I study this growing movement of Universalism and how it is infecting the Christian Church in America, there are a couple subtle, but important distinctions we must understand when confronting this movement of apostasy.

First, the character and nature of God.  Universalists will often state that “God is love.”  Well, that is accurate, but incomplete.  First and foremost, God is a god of justice.  His perfect nature cannot tolerate sin and evil, nor can he tolerate anyone trying to change his stated nature to fit into their desires.  His perfect judgment demands that man come to him in a holy state—and that can only be accomplished by the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, and our strong faith in Him.

A second way Christian Universalists misrepresent God is by saying things like “A loving God would never condemn anyone to hell.”  This in spite of several biblical teachings where Jesus clearly indicated that hell is a real, permanent place for those who reject Jesus as the Son of God.  Which leads me to point three we must remember: Universalists, while throwing around terms like “christ” and “christ-consciousness”, misstate who Jesus is.  They will often refer to him as someone “who God was in” but they usually fall short of recognizing that Jesus IS God—not a vessel for him.  By doing this they allow themselves leeway to accent or discount various teachings of Jesus to fit their agenda.

Lastly, it is important to understand a difference in how “children of God” is represented.  Universalists will often state that we are all God’s children.  But according to the bible, we are all God’s creation—and we only attain status as his children when we place our complete faith in Jesus Christ.

Now it’s one thing for the world to believe in universalism—it’s quite another for Christians to accept these false teachings.  Yet teachers like Rob Bell and Brian McLaren sure seem to accept universalism in their teachings and writings.  These men, along with people like Tony Campolo and Red letter Christians are having a deep influence on our youth in Christian youth groups—so we better wake up and see where our youth are being led.

Two weeks ago, I received a call from a mother in our area who told me her son came home with a book that his youth pastor gave to all their church youth to read and study—it was a book written by Shaine Claibourne and Jim Wallis titled “The Irresistible Revolution”.  Sadly this represents what many of our youth groups have been relegated to—studying the writings of man that fit an unbiblical social justice movement instead of studying the Word of God, our Father and Creator.

As usual, we as Christians have a choice.  We can continue to stick our heads in the sand and watch as many of our churches are hijacked by universalists and social justice proponents—or we can fight to purify our churches and return them to what they were meant to be: a community of strong believers, edifying and challenging one another to pursue holiness in this life.

The optimist in me wants to believe that the church has what it takes to stand up and fight for the purity and truth of God’s Word; but the realist in me fears that the horse is already out of the barn, and the church in America has started down an irreversible path that is worried more about accommodating culture than it is in standing up for the truth.  No doubt there are still churches out there not giving in to relativism and the wave of false teachings everywhere—but I fear as we move forward those churches will be more and more in the minority.  I hope and pray that I am wrong.  I pray every day that God will call and build up Watchmen in every church with the courage to challenge our church leaders when they stray from the bible as truth.  Watchmen who love the church and its leaders so much that they are willing to risk their reputations to point out in love how we are straying from God as a church.

As Jesus warned, deception would be so great in these final days that even the elect would be deceived if possible.  Well, the great deception has begun—time for our churches and their leaders to choose who they will follow—the ways of man—or God!

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One Response to “Is The Church being Lulled To Sleep?”

  1. Mr Davis #

    Mike I have to agree with your sentiment. The horse is out of the barn and has fled straight away for the neglect recieved at the stewards hand. The steward who thought in his mind to be the master and did as pleased himself, instead of the master whom he served,and this because the master has been away a long time.

    The same sought to strengthen himself against the master through collusion with the enemy so that perhaps he could supplant the master. Naturally this is the enemies desire as well who seduces any stewards he finds along the way with anything one could desire in this world, if they just join him as fellow traitors and coconspirators.

    None the less there will be an account required of that steward once the master returns and evaluates the estate he left in the stewards care. None will be able to stand against the master in that day and the stewards shortsightedness in this matter will be his ruin.

    2 Corinthians 6:11 Oh, dear Corinthian friends! We have spoken honestly with you. Our hearts are open to you. 12 If there is a problem between us, it is not because of a lack of love on our part, but because you have withheld your love from us. 13 I am talking now as I would to my own children. Open your hearts to us! 14 Don't team up with those who are unbelievers. How can goodness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? 15 What harmony can there be between Christ and the Devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? 16 And what union can there be between God's temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: "I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 17 Therefore, come out from them and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don't touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. 18 And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."

    James 3:1 Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged by God with greater strictness.

    What does it matter?

    Psalm 36:1…Sin whispers to the wicked, deep within their hearts. They have no fear of God to restrain them. 2 In their blind conceit, they cannot see how wicked they really are. 3 Everything they say is crooked and deceitful. They refuse to act wisely or do what is good. 4 They lie awake at night, hatching sinful plots. Their course of action is never good. They make no attempt to turn from evil.

    Yet for those to be found in the Righteousness of Christ Jesus there is yet hope!!

    Psalm 35:24 Judge me, O LORD my God, according to thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me. 25 Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them not say , We have swallowed him up . 26 Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me.

    Ruin is coming upon all unrepentant of thier evil. Time is short!
    It is time, turn to Christ and live, while he may yet be found!
    Psalm 35:27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant "Christ Jesus". 28 And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.

    God bless all those who trust in Jesus the Christ with thier whole heart and lean not on thier own understanding.
    Hebrews 11:6 So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
    2 Peter 1:2 NLT
    May God bless you with his special favor and wonderful peace as you come to know Jesus, our God and Lord, better and better.
    Jude 1:21 NLT
    Live in such a way that God's love can bless you as you wait for the eternal life that our Lord Jesus Christ in his mercy is going to give you.

    January 6, 2012 at 1:48 AM Reply

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