Sometimes I wish I had never lived to see these days. I remember years ago being taught that a great turning away of Christians from the truth of the scriptures would occur and though I believed it then, now that it is happening I am shocked and heart-broken. How can the truth of scripture be so twisted as to call evil good and good evil. Many of my fellow believers whom I respected and trusted, and called friends, have begun to voice anti-Christ rhetoric to the point of denying the truth as written in God’s word. I don’t know if any of you, reading this blog, are saddened by the apostasy that has become so evident in the “church” (and I am referring to the greater body of Christ) that is teaching false and twisted truths to its members.
So with a heavy heart and with much prayer, I believe it is time to stand up for what God says and begin to defend the faith as Jude has put it,
Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. Jude: 3-4
We are seeing a change in the face of the church, especially here in the United States. Young people, millennials mostly, have struck out to change how the church interacts with her culture and her surrounding world. Granted, some change is needed as we struggle to connect with those outside of the body of Christ and even those who are disillusioned with the church and disinclined to rejoin the fold. The traditional, evangelical church as become ingrown, exclusive and self-righteous in many ways and need a strong jolt of revival to bring it back to active life. As John wrote in the book of Revelation to the church of Ephesus:
I know your deeds and your toil and [b]perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; 3 and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent. Revelation 2:2-5
Change is usually accompanied with struggle, frustration and often fear. Do we need change? Do we need to be concerned? I hope to explore these questions with open mind as I research, read and question the Emerging Church Movement.