I don’t know that Christianity has ever witnessed a greater coldness, within its ranks, than today’s “so called church”. I can’t say with absolute certainty, for I am not privy to the entirety of history. But from what I see and read, I find it hard to imagine a more rebellious time.
From the beginning, Christianity has been unpopular. But as the unpopularity and attacks against the Church increased, so did the number of those who believed. But now? Now I see, witness, and hear many lives that bear almost no resemblance to Christ’s intent for His people. The world is far colder to the Gospel than ever before. And this desire to replace the Gospel’s intent with ANYTHING ELSE, is not diminishing, it is exploding; replaced by a willing ignorance en mass!
I’ve asked before, as have hundreds others, “What time is it?”
If you’re going to miss your flight, a good friend will certainly remind you of the time. And his reminders will increase in urgency of delivery.
Those who go to bed late, will wake up less refreshed than they ought to have been.
If you know the family eats at 6 pm, it’s foolish to purposely stay out till 9 pm.
Waiting to accomplish, till you know it’s long past time to prepare and do, is selfish idiocy. Love does not act like that. But The Bible promises that just such things will happen to Spiritual (Eternal) things. I would gladly even extend that to morality itself.
Many, (I don’t think that word does justice to the actuality of the number or percentage) will determine to withdraw from The Faith. The term the Apostle Paul uses is “a great falling away”.
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a great falling away first. . .”. (2 Thessalonians 2:3) That’s not just a few, that’s a great majority. Jesus alluded to this by saying, “Nevertheless when the Son of man comes, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18: 8)
The Lord uses the simple word “faith”. I have come to call it “The Faith”. But the use of the word “faith” implies an even greater horror than does the use of a more poignant title.
One other aspect to this vein of thought, is that the “falling away” indicates that one must first have had something to fall away from. This doesn’t necessarily exclude the world, but it more speaks of Christianity. The sad part of this is, that those who are falling away won’t even be able to identify this stage of creation, as they will perceive the nature of things from the perspective of self-righteousness. To them, all things are as they should be! Wow! What a horrifying seal to those who allow the world to draw them off from Christ.
And look what Peter said about this:
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4 and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 6 thereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 7 but the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved to fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3)
With what tool shall anyone awaken the sleep that has come to cover the souls of today? How will the Holy Spirit contend with the flesh driven rebellion that covers the earth like a putrid mold? With all their perceptions anointed with the things of this world, humanity now enters into that blindness which will cause them to dance in the streets, send gifts to one another, and celebrate with great abandon, the death of God’s two prophets.
How greatly we warn. But who even cares that such words still exist?
I’m done writing this post, but for one question:
What about you, what about me?