Friday, October 30, 2015

a time is coming...



I firmly believe that a time is coming when the church in America will seriously regret a decision it made to turn away from something.

And it turned away from it precisely when American Christians were becoming less and less familiar with their Bibles than ever before.

It turned away from it precisely when American Christians were becoming more and more shamelessly comfortable with the idea of honoring sport commitments over worship commitments.

It turned away from it precisely when American Christians were seeing more and more intense pressure to conform to the world's agenda and ways of thinking rather than being transformed to the mind of Christ.

It turned away from it precisely when more and more vocations were requiring American Christians to work rather than worship on Sunday mornings.

It turned away from it precisely when the battles of spiritual warfare were becoming more and more fierce and furious for American Christians than they had ever been in living memory.

It turned away from it precisely when American Christians were living in a society in which personal relationships and a thriving sense of community were becoming and more and more threatened by isolating tendencies and detachment.

It turned away from it precisely when American Christians were seeing their own children apostatize in ever increasing numbers.

It turned away from it precisely when American Christians were more in need of devoting themselves to prayer for one another and for their country and for their world than any other time in their lives.

It turned away from it precisely when the culture in which American Christians live desperately needed a more and more spiritually vigorous and healthy church in its midst.

It turned away from it precisely when American Christians needed to see the institution of the family more centered on God and not less so.

It turned away from it precisely when American Christians needed more discipleship and instruction in the glorious wonders of Christian theology and the holy calling of Christian living.

It turned away from it precisely when the faddish trend in American Christianity was to celebrate a deformed version of the doctrine of "grace" that practically eliminated any call to ever, ever die to self.

It turned away from it precisely when American Christians were being more deceived and rendered more spiritually powerless by the idols of ease and comfort and amusement than they had ever been.

It turned away from it precisely when American Christians were ignoring the 4th commandment with a strangely bold pride in this "freedom" and with a frightening indifference to what the Scriptures actually say to a people who neglect the holiness of the Lord's Day of worship and rest and mercy.

It turned away from it precisely when the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit were receiving less and less public honor and reverence in this nation than American Christians of this generation had ever witnessed.

I firmly believe that a time is coming when the church in American will seriously regret this.

Mark Jones writes a brief article in favor of the thing from which we've turned away HERE.



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