Monday, December 18, 2017

Perilous Times

It has been little over a decade since the 21st century arrived, and as the calendar moves on in 2011, many ask if ruin is on the horizon.  We now live in a very secular and religiously antagonistic 21st century.  It is quite clear that the three institutions God placed on earth, the home, governments, and the church, are all under siege. 

There was a time in our history that the Sunday sermon was the chief source of community instruction.  The Bible was the heart of shaping minds and determining judgments.  Not so in 2011!  The assault of information that now competes for our attention on a daily basis is overwhelming. 

We are the target 24/7 of an often deadly and nonstop amount of media input.  Media influence via the press, television, radio, the printed page and internet has caused many to change their beliefs.  (This is not my father’s world!)  This is illustrated by the public opinion shift in the past decade on such subjects as long-term marriage, sodomy, abortion, authority, integrity, capital punishment, how to rear children, and even “how to do church.” 

The outcome is that all these divine institutions are progressively weakened and their roles are in many instances being dictated by the “rulers of darkness of this world.”  Not a single divine institution from the home, governments, and the church has remained unscathed. 

Ironically, due to everyone’s doing what is right in his own sight, we have produced a generation of young Christians who know next to nothing about their own faith except how they feel about it.  They have deep beliefs about certain cultural issues, but do not know why they obey Scripture, the essentials of doctrine, or the experience of church fellowship.  There has been a failure to pass on to our children a vital fundamental confidence in the Word of God and the importance of doctrinal faith.

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.”  2 Timothy 3:1

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