By Elizabeth Prata
Is Christianity in decline? I think this last COVID year has revealed professing Christians versus true Christians. More and more people are falling away. The Bible shows that that trajectory will only increase as time goes on.
There are not enough genuine Christians. “Genuine Christian” means a person’s faith and belief is founded on the life, death, resurrection, and Gospel of Jesus Christ. He bases his doctrine and teachings on the Bible and only the Bible. Too many people are lukewarm.
It is also true that ‘spirituality’ is on the rise. This is not always good thing however. Only those who base their doctrine on the life, death,and resurrection of Jesus Christ and demonstrate that faith through persevering and evident fruit can be said to be true Christians.
Any doctrine that tickles the ears will be sought by the faithless and weak. It is hard to accept that one is a total sinner, no better than filthy rags. There is none righteous, no not one. It is hard to offer one’s self wholly to God and do only His will. It is hard to set aside fleshly lusts and devote one’s self to Him. It is hard to walk His path and stay within His commands. Hard. Christianity is not for wimps.
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,” (2 Timothy 4:3)
See, doesn’t this sound just great to a confused person: “God loves you and has a plan for your life.”
Are your ears being tickled? Are you in a false religion? Are you in a Christian church but enduring unsound doctrine from a false pastor? There is Hope! All you need to do is repent of your sin, and ask Jesus to forgive it. Ask for discernment and wisdom. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1John 1:9).
Don’t we serve a great and mighty God! Let Him restore you to the faith. Otherwise, remembering His promises are true … “This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.” (Jeremiah 17:5).