GODLY LIVING IN AN UNGODLY AGE
(America is apostate and the preachers are to blame)
Bro. C. W. Hollis
Our Founding Fathers created a governing framework heavily influenced by biblical principles. Slowly, we have changed from “ONE NATION UNDER GOD” to a group of people who no longer want Him to be involved.
Our nation has become ungodly in several ways: Many are driven by materialism and power; immorality and rebellion are prevalent; empty philosophy and false doctrine are widely accepted. Underlying it all is the push to keep out of the nation’s affairs.
Yet in an unbelieving society, people can, follow Jesus as individuals. However, the world will continually disseminate faulty teachings, so believers must be discerning. Otherwise, erroneous messages can lead Christians to compromise their convictions. Then affections and priorities may change. Don’t let the world’s clamor make the Spirit’s voice less audible. Without His guidance, our minds become vulnerable to lies.
The Word of God is a compass that keeps us headed in the right direction, even in the midst of confusing messages. We need to be continually and consistently filled with the truth by reading, believing, and meditating on and applying Scripture. God’s Word also tells us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5-17) If our minds are focused on Him, unholy beliefs will not be able to take root.
The Word is our guidebook. We will still face difficult situations while we live in this imperfect world. It is a confusing, dark place that entices us but can never fulfill our true longings, Yet God’s truth will bring confidence and boldness, and His Spirit will direct and strengthen, enabling us to live in victoriously.
2 Tim. 3:16-17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
John 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
I understand some people in the church have gotten tired and have given up but scripture says.
Gal. 6:9 “And let us not grow weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
2 Thess 3:13 “But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.”
How do we keep from growing weary?
Jas. 1:17-20 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be the first-fruits of his creation. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not righteousness of God.”
America is apostate and the preachers„are to blame.
America has turned from the true and living God in a most terrible way. She mocks the fear of God. She despises God’s holy Jaws. She glories in everything that is abominable before God. She retains a “form of godliness” even while denying the power thereof, that power being a born again converted life and an infallible Bible and an omnipotent God. As a whole, America is grossly ignorant of the Bible, but if she knew it, she would not like it.
The root problem is the preachers. We got to this place because of the pulpits. As in Jeremiah’s day in Israel of old, it is from the prophets that profaneness has gone forth into the land (Jeremiah 23.’15).
America’s preachers stopped looking for the born again salvation experience that we see everywhere in Scripture and accepted an empty “sinner’s prayer, ‘l even from children, thus filling up the churches with unconverted people whose worldly lives are merely slathered with a bit bf religion.
America’s preachers stopped rebuking sin and error and turned to preaching smooth things (Isaiah 30:10). Instead of the rebuking preachers of 2 Timothy 4:2, America has the “itching ear scratching” teachers of 2 Timothy 4.•3-4. Those ave the preachers she wants.
America’s preachers stopped enforcing God’s standards of holy living by discipline; they have refused to purge out the old leaven of wickedness (1 Corinthians either not believing or not caring that “a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. ”
America’S preachers stopped making true disciples of Jesus Christ after the fashion of the servants of Christ we see in Scripture, and instead have devoted themselves to an enthusiastic pampering of the lukewarm that turn Jesus’ stomach (Revelation 3:16). Toward that end they have converted the holy church of God into a vain entertainment center. (For evidence examine the average church’s calendar.)
America’s preachers stopped building up the people in the holy faith of God’s Word, stopped training them in the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27), stopped teaching and exhorting them to be Skillful in the word of righteousness (Hebrews 5:12-14), and instead have fed them a diet of 2% milk, at best and been content to pastor perpetual spiritual infants. The writer of Hebrews sharply rebuked those who were unskillful in the word of righteousness, but America’s pastors honor them as good Christians.
America’s preachers stopped roaring against worldliness as spiritual adultery after the fashion of a James, a John, and an Enoch (James 4:4; 1 John 2:15-17′, Jude 14-15) and instead have exalted the worldly crowd to be deacons, Sunday School teachers, choir directors, and youth leaders.
Many Americans still Want to consider themselves Christians, but they want to live after their own lusts, which is the very strange kind of Christianity described in 2. Timothy 4.•3-4, In Israel of old most prophets bent to the people’s will and softened the message of God’s Word and preached smooth things (Isaiah 30•.10). today most preachers have wickedly compromised due to pressure from church members and society at large. They fear the people more than they fear God. They are terribly afraid of losing even the most carnal pew sitters and tithers. So they don’t preach against rock music or country rock music or pop music stars or raunchy movies or vanities such as professional sports or immodest dress or whatever else the worldly people might like. They give the people the music they love and the standards they love. They preach whatever the people like to hear, and they preach in such a way that the people aren’t offended by truth and righteousness. They might preach some truth, but they have learned to do it in such a way (e.g., preaching in generalities) that most people aren’t offended and don’t stop attending the services and paying the bills.