Worth ReadingRev. Michael Bresciani
The prophesied apostasy of the church has been underway and traveling at top speed away from the guidance that once was central to its existence. In this generation more than any other before it, the church has begun to leave the only hope it had of pleasing God or carrying on in what is known as true discipleship.
In new and twisted versions of the gospel message, adherents gather themselves to things like the prosperity gospel, the emergent church, domionism and a plethora of others. Whatever they may call themselves they are made up of two distinct groups, the fluffers and the scoffers.
The fluffers are throwing off the essentials of the faith like salvation by grace, the moral teachings of the Bible and other basic doctrines of the scripture. They have opted in to a more personal and eclectic gospel of their own making. They are those the Bible says will not, "endure" sound doctrine as the end of time approaches. "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears" (2Ti 4: 3)
The scoffers are those who have just grown tired of waiting for the fulfillment of scriptures and the prophesied return of the Lord Jesus Christ. "Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation." (2 Peter 3: 3, 4)
The church can and does go blithely forward even without the presence, blessings and the authority of the Lord but it becomes an empty shell. It is a form without substance. It may be deeply involved in social issues and have dozens of seemingly worthwhile projects underway at any given time, but if you are looking for God in the midst; don't hold your breath.
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