A couple of months ago I received an email from a friend. Attached was an article about movements going on within the church. When I say church, I mean, the church at large. Particularly, in this country. The article did some name calling and addressed issues that left my head spinning.
Fast forward a couple of weeks and another friend forwarded a few more articles about the same concerns for the church. This time it was obvious the Lord was trying to get my attention. And He did.
I’ve been increasingly concerned about trends which have infiltrated our churches and are leading people away from the truth. Things like pragmatism, which is basically man’s philosophy of doing and creating that which brings about desired results. Working the church like a business. Bringing in volumes of people. Adjusting the message so that it’s attractive to the skeptics. Sound familiar?
How about relativism? This is the belief that various things are true for different people. No absolutes. Meaning, what’s true for me may not be true for you, etc… And it’s trickling in to the pulpits. Churches are changing their views on sin. Doctrine they have held for centuries that is based on God’s word. Why are they changing their minds? Because of the pressure of a relativistic society which doesn’t support absolutes.
We are in real trouble here. We need to wake up from our spiritual slumber and be alert to what’s going on in the body of Christ and stand for Truth.
Father, I come before You today asking that You wake us up. I ask that You open our eyes and quicken our minds to the knowledge of what’s going on around us and in our churches. You are clear in Your word that we are to extract the precious from the worthless in our worship of You. (Jeremiah 15:19) You are a holy God. Lord, wake us up from our spiritual sleep and strengthen the things in us that remain. Complete those things in us that are pleasing in Your sight. (Revelation 3:2) Make us remember what we have received and heard and move in our hearts to repent if we have strayed from Your truth. Lord, You have called us to be separate, holy to You. (2 Corinthians 6:17) Help us to love others and yet never compromise the truth of Your word and Your ways.
Father, Your eyes move to and fro throughout the earth that You may strongly support those whose heart is completely Yours. (2 Chronicles 16:9) Lord, give us singleness of heart. Put a new spirit within us. Take the heart of stone out and give us a heart of flesh that we may walk in Your statutes and keep Your ordinances and do them. Then we will be Your people and You will be our God. (Ezekiel 11:19-20)
Father, we will fall for the tricks of the enemy every time if we don’t know You and know Your word. O God, I earnestly ask that You write Your law on our hearts, put Your law within us. (Jeremiah 31:33) Make us ever watchful, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for us to awaken from sleep, for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. (Romans 13:11) Lord, help us to be careful how we walk, not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of our time, because the days are evil. Let us not be foolish, but understand what Your will is. (Ephesians 5:15-17)
In Jesus’ name, Amen.