For many decades, dedicated men and women of God have voiced their opinions that when held to the Biblical definition of Christianity, the state of the church in America is one of decay, rot, and outright rebellious contempt for the things of God. From a host of different platforms, these courageous leaders have made their positions clear: the battle for the church in America has been lost to the world.

What a shocking statement! How dare anyone declare that the church in America has capitulated to the world! Wasn’t it Jesus Christ himself who declared that “upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it“? [1] (emphasis mine)

Yes, Jesus certainly did make that statement. But unlike those who take those words and twist them to mean that we can live any lifestyle we wish to so long as it’s done under the banner of what they define as ‘church‘, the church Jesus said would never be defeated scarcely resembles such an aberration.

Say what you will, but by and large, American church attendees seem to have an aversion to anyone speaking about the church in a manner they deem as divisive, critical, or out of line. I get it, I really do. No one likes discord or division in the ranks. Most certainly, no one likes a troublemaker in their midst. It would seem then that the solution is to keep quiet and toe the “company line”.

Which is fine, I suppose, if what you’re interested in is blending in with the masses and going along with everything that comes along whether it is Biblically factual or not. Apparently, what constitutes for a faithful church member today is to hear nothing, see nothing, and do nothing when egregious sin is in the camp.

Unfortunately for me, I am cut from a very different cloth.

It is not possible for me to stay silent when I see God’s word being trampled, diluted, or wholly compromised for the sake of tickling yet another set of ears. It is an affront to a Holy God that the church has prostituted itself with the world to the extent that it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between what we call church and the world at large.

The decades-long Satanic assault on the family has taken its toll. Divorce, single family homes, unwed mothers, and absentee fathers are now fully accepted as normal. Church, Sunday School, and worship have been transformed into “events” rather than being everyday, critical elements of the Christian life.

The data doesn’t lie. It never does.

“According to Dr. George Barna, CRC Director of Research and author of the AWVI 2021, Moralistic Therapeutic Deism—which he describes as “fake Christianity”—is a worldview that is defined and driven by current culture more than by historic religious truths or a comprehensive and coherent doctrine”.

From that same article Arizona Christian University President Len Munsil noted, “As a nation, the biblical worldview is running on fumes.” Munsil explained, “People see themselves as Christians, but these findings show they are actually living out a watered-down, counterfeit worldview that looks more like the culture around them than the biblical Christianity they profess.”

Is this the Church that our Lord said would stand against the gates of Hell? I think not!

Perhaps it is time to redefine the word “church” so that it more accurately reflects the culture that has overwhelmed her. Or maybe the correct thing would be to return to the Biblical definition of “Church”.

Either way, what we have now would be nearly unrecognizable to the church found in the book of Acts.

And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. [2]

Have a blessed day everyone,

Ron

[1] Matthew 16:18

[2] Romans 13:11-12