But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:23-24). Whom shall he teach knowledge? And whom shall he make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little (Isaiah 28:9-10). And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at His doctrine: For He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes (Matthew 7:28-29). But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men (Matthew 15:9-10). And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy: for they feared Him, because all the people were astonished at His doctrine (Mark 11:18).
Truth versus trend-Is Christianity being compromised by the church? This is the title of the article, on which this post is based. This topic has been circulating around blogosphere, quite a bit lately! The topics may not be identical, but the relevance of the articles, one to the other, is undeniable. Ostensibly, many of the Pastors and Leaders of today’s church, may have their priorities out of order. In fact, they are in complete disarray! Nowadays, some Pastors feel the need to dilute, or to water down the gospel of Jesus Christ. They are preaching and teaching, but they are stopping short of preaching and teaching doctrinal truths, as God would have them to. Why is this occurring so frequently, and in so many churches today? In the article, it was suggested that this watered-down gospel is being preached in order to facilitate a “more seeker friendly conception of Christianity.” That being said, the church of today is not being taught doctrinal truths in depth, because the focus is on filling the pews, and keeping them filled, by not “stepping on anyone’s toes”, per se, rather than on the of saving souls! God forbid! In some instances, the church has turned into a social gathering place, rather than a house of worship. It was stated in part, that “Heavy reliance on social concepts of church, rather than the core teachings of Jesus, is indicative of a paradigm shift in the church.” Rather than going out and winning the world for Christ, the world is coming into the church and winning the body of Christ, for Satan. Standards are not what they were, when I was a young adult in the church. We were taught to live holy, and to shun the very appearance of evil. We were taught to present ourselves modestly, and to let our lights so shine, before all men, that they might see our good works, and glorify the Father, which is in heaven. What has happened to today’s church? Today, it’s difficult to discern between a sinner and a saint. Some look-alike, some act alike, some talk alike, and they participate in similar activities. Where is the separation? Where is the holy living? I thank God for the Pastors and Leaders, who are taking a stand, and preaching and teaching sound doctrine to the congregants, as well as to those who are searching for salvation! My hope is that you would peruse the article. Feel free to express your thoughts, about the opinions of the Authors mentioned in the article, as well as the contents of this post. May the Lord bless you abundantly, today and every day!