Truth vs. Trend

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!

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18 comments on “Truth vs. Trend

  1. Powerfully convicting, Paulette. Especially your statement, “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.”

    It is so easy to let go of my life-preserving spiritual standards in favor of corruption-inducing conscience-numbing physical pleasures. The downward spiral begins with succumbing to spiritual weariness, allowing quick fix pleasures to plant themselves in previously conquered ground. Sloth always initially feels good, but as any runner will tell you, building up endurance for the grueling race involves far less pain than tearing a hamstring while running for the finish line.

    The bottom line, one soul saved from eternal death into eternal life is worth infinitely more than a church full of “happy” non-believers gathering together in the name of religion.

    • Hi Todd,

      It is a sad commentary, that the pull of the not yet saved, is often stronger than those who are called to be saints! Why are the children of God, so easily influenced by their worldly counterparts? It is imperative that we feed the spiritual man daily, because Satan desires to have us, that he might sift us as wheat. All too often, he is succeeding!

      I heard what you were saying, when you said, “It is so easy to let go of my life-preserving spiritual standards, in favor of corruption-inducing, conscience-numbing physical pleasures! It’s ironic that you mentioned succumbing to spiritual weariness! The post titled, The Fifth Season, speaks to that very subject. When you get a chance, I hope you will read it.

      I really enjoyed your last paragraph. After all, that is what it is all about; winning the lost, at any cost, be it one soul, or one thousand souls!

      Thank you so much for your input. Your comments are always thought-provoking and well stated.

      Paulette

    • Thanks Todd.

      I liked the old theme, but after having such a difficult time with editing/revising, I decided to try a different theme. “It is professional yet personable, a winning combination.” That is exactly what I was aiming for! 🙂 Thanks again!

  2. Hi Paulette!
    Great post!!! We are in this world, but not of it. If God wanted us to “blend in” with society, this phrase would have never made it into the Word. So many times the doctrines of man get in the way of the Word of God and people make God who they want Him to be. The remedy for this is to know who God really is by knowing His word. The more His Word is planted in our hearts the less room there will be for anything else. My Pastors just finished a 7-week series on the Rapture and 2nd Coming of Jesus – how not to be left out of God’s Kingdom. And we saw more people saved and restored during this sermon series than any other. Hallelujah!! You can still have the truth of God’s word preached and change people’s life. More so than just with coffee and donuts. Thanks so much!

    God bless,
    Vicki

    • Hi Vicki,

      “We are in this world, but not of it.” That’s what the Word says! I’m so glad to hear about the souls being saved and restored at your church, as a result of being taught sound doctrine! Some Pastors who fear, that teaching sound doctrine will scare away the members, fail to realize that the life changing, and driving force in the church, is the anointed teaching and preaching of the Word of God! When others see the changes in the lives of family and friends, they want to know what happened to them, and where can they get what they have! Glory to God! May the Lord continue to bless, in your congregation. Margaret was correct. We should pray for our Pastors and Leaders, that the Lord would keep them, and continue to cause them to have a Rhema Word in their mouths! We need a Word from the Lord!

      Thanks so much for sharing! God bless you!

      Paulette

  3. Paulette,

    It is important and good that you added that there are pastors standing up for the truths of our Lord…. For them we need to thank our Lord…. They are facing trials that we probably don’t know about, so we need to pray for them, also…..

    As you said, we must all study God’s word daily and meditate on it, so that we allow God to be our Teacher…. Then only will we be able to discern false teachings….. Thank you for posting this.

    Love,
    Margaret

    • Hi Margaret,

      I would not want anyone to think, that there are no Pastors and church Leaders who are striving to take a stand for the truths of our Lord. I know that isn’t the case, thank God! The focus of the article from “Christian Today”, was on the churches across the country, and in various parts of the world, that have lowered their standards, as it pertains to teaching and preaching doctrinal truths. The focus was also on the fact, that many churches try to win the youth and young adults to Christ, by being their friends, which is important, but it shouldn’t take the place of the core teachings of Jesus.

      At lease once or twice a week, I may write a brief Exposé, as it pertains to Christian News, so that the linked article, is the focus of the post. I hope I’m making sense.

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I really appreciate your input.

      May the blessings of the Lord be upon you.

      Paulette

      • Paulette,

        You are very clear and make very good sense… 🙂 It is so sad that some want to twist God’s word to accomodate their sins…. And, even more sad that many don’t know God’s word well enough to leave such false preachers….. That’s why it’s important that we keep on showing God’s truths in every way possible…. Thank you for sharing this.

        Love,
        Margaret

        • Margaret,

          Thank you so much, for your response, as well as for your encouraging statements! Your comment is filled with truth, as always! Again, thank you!

          God bless!

          Paulette

  4. We have shared these thoughts in other blogs Paulette. You put them so well here.

    How grieved our heavenly Father must be when He views the Church today! How grieved He must be as His much-loved children are being neglected by the Church – are NOT being taught His ways.

    I believe the greatest need in the Church – especially in the young – is in teaching them WHY they believe WHAT they believe.

    Without understanding the basic doctrines, Christian living makes no sense. Without an understanding of the basic doctrines, the doctrines of the world will soon overtake their thinking. For example: I know of numerous bright young Christians who were deceived by the teachings of evolution as soon as they started Uni or who were persuaded towards a multi-god society, accepting all faiths as equal. Thankfully I know many who were soundly taught in doctrine who stood firm against worldly views and were able to put up good arguments for their faith.

    One thing is certain. We need to pray for those who occupy pulpits, for those on Church boards and for those who teach in Bible Colleges. We need to pray for those who DO preach the Word faithfully, and for those who DON’T: that they will be chastened and will see the Light and become true messengers.

    Angela

    • Hi Angela,

      I am glad you stopped by, because as you said, we have shared these thoughts on other blogs. However, when I saw the article titled, Truth versus Trend-Is Christianity being compromised by the church, which was the inspiration for this “Christian News” post, I didn’t want to miss this opportunity to confirm what we have been sharing.

      Also, the author of the article is from Australia. Many references are made in the article, to the youth of today’s churches, and how young Christians are having trouble distinguishing the differences between Christ-like behavior and that of the world. I thought you might find parts of the article, interesting.

      As always, I appreciate you sharing your thoughts.

      Paulette

  5. Thanks, Paulette.

    “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, many of today’s churches, are not being taught doctrinal truths in depth, because the focus is possibly on filling the pews, and keeping them filled, by not “stepping on anyone’s toes”, per se, rather than on the saving of souls! ”

    We had better take heed lest we miss the mark! Praying our hearts will be in the right place and we will be firm in our resolve to teach the truth – undiluted.

    Linda Krushke wrote a similar piece some time ago. Hope I can find the link and post it.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. God bless you as you continue to bring us these timely truths.

    Blessings
    ann

    • Hi Ann,

      Amen! I agree with you, that “we better take heed, less we miss the mark!” The Word of God says, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine” (II Timothy 4:2).

      Thanks for sharing, Ann! Also, thank you for the words of encouragement!

      God bless!

      Paulette

  6. Paulette,

    You are so right about the need for churches to proclaim ALL the doctrinal truths found in the Bible.

    Throughout my years as a pastor, from time to time, the Lord led me to “hold back” on certain truths when the people were not spiritually mature enough to handle them. In those cases, the Lord would begin maturing the people and leading me to teach them more difficult truths. The end goal was to have a church filled with mature Christians who could receive all the counsel of God.

    A church should either be proclaiming all His Truth, or working towards the day when the church can accept all His Word. To my knowledge there is no reason for a church to be continually filled with “babes in Christ”.

    Thanks for the posting, this was a much needed subject.

    Rob

    • Hello Rob,

      It is definitely up to the Preachers and Pastors to preach and teach sound doctrine, which is seasoned with the Holy Spirit! Isaiah 10:27 tells us that the anointing destroys the yoke of bondage!

      As a Pastor, it is expedient that you are led by the Lord. It is quite understandable, that a Pastor would not delve into certain truths prematurely, that the congregation is not yet able to handle, because of the lack of spiritual maturity. It is a wise Pastor/Leader, who recognizes this, because they are again, being led by the Spirit!

      Thank you so much for your contribution to this discussion. Your comments were thought provoking and insightful! Thank you, again.

      May the blessings of the Lord, be upon your life!

      Paulette

  7. I absolutely enjoyed this article. You are so right, the church has really took a back seat when it comes to delivering the doctrine according to the word of God. It seems that the church has come to a place where they have pacified congregants to gain “popularity”, however, how is that helping the people to grow, to be delivered? Their soul is at stake and someone has to take a stand to let them know that Jesus saves and in order to meet him one day, we have abide by his word.It goes along with accountablity and how people don’t want to be held accountable for their actions and even the word of God, but once you hear it, your responsible for what you do with it. This was awesome!!!

    • Hi Tina,

      I like the way you spoke of Church Leaders “pacifying” their congregations, because they want to gain popularity. However, at what cost? You are so right. Souls are at stake! Those preachers and teachers who are watering down the gospel, will be held accountable for their actions. Thank God for the preachers and teachers, who are taking a stand, and denouncing sin, at any cost! They are preaching, the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, through Christ Jesus! They are preaching and teaching the unadulterated gospel of Jesus Christ! Praise God! It behooves us, to study the Word of God for ourselves, and to hide the word in our hearts, that we sin not against the Lord!

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! I always appreciate your input!

      Blessings,

      Paulette

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