On May 18 Mike LeMay of Stand Up for the Truth shared his thoughts in answer to the question: “Is Full Blown Apostasy Right Around the Corner?” I urge you to read the whole thing, but in part he said:
The first century Christian church knew what it stood for—that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Messiah, and that men must die to their flesh and pick up their cross and follow Jesus. They fully knew this would probably cause them to be persecuted or killed for this radical belief, but they didn’t care—Jesus and His salvation message meant everything to them.
Fast forward two thousand years and look at what Christianity in our nation stands for these days. No doubt there is a strong remnant remaining true to the original message of the early church, but a growing segment of Christianity seems to have drifted into narcissism, looking at Jesus as a means to happiness in this life. Jesus has become our “ticket” to health, wealth and prosperity.
Certainly, that particularly bad theology abounds and preys effectively on many American unbelievers. So does me-centered theology, psychology/self-help Christianity, liberalism and post-modernism (we can’t take the Bible literally!), pragmatism (if it works, do it), mysticism and more.
Just in the city I live in I’ve encountered ecumenism, mysticism, me-centered and self-help theology, post-modernism and more IN churches. I’ve spent more time during the seven years I’ve lived here looking for a decent church than in one.
I think there are a couple basic reasons for that (I’m sure if I thought awhile longer I’d think of more reasons). 1) Many churches started inviting the world in instead of going out and evangelizing the world with the TRUE gospel. So now our churches are full of unbelievers. 2) Biblical illiteracy is rampant. Many of the believers who are in the churches don’t understand the Bible enough to live it and share it. An obvious consequence is an inability to discern error, especially when it comes from nice people teaching Sunday School, Bible studies and preaching sermons.
I’ve finally found a teeny, tiny church in which a sweet and humble preacher shares the Word, verse-by-verse, each Sunday. But theological error can enter even a church like that from the outside — from books sold in Christian bookstores and radio messages and Bible studies from well-known preachers and teachers.
If you want to know how little church goers understand the Gospel. Listen to some of Todd Friel’s witness encounters from the Wretched Terrified collection. I was just listening the other day to the one in which Friel witnessed to a teenager from a megachurch. It’s tragic.
Based on my own observations inside and outside the church I am concerned that full blown apostasy isn’t only around the corner, it may already be here. I hope that LeMay is right and that “There is time to correct this severe drift. If we repent of our ways and ask God’s forgiveness, we may yet avoid slipping into complete apostasy.”
Let us remember what we are commanded in the book of Jude: “3 Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. 4 For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”