There is a trend emerging in the church today, and it is not good. Okay, that was putting it mildly. The trend I am seeing within many Christian denominations is that of sacrificing foundational beliefs, the beliefs that sets us apart, the beliefs that makes our walk relevant, for the sake of unity and interfaith tolerance. We have gone from Christ being the only way, the only truth, and the only life, to teaching a powerless and irrelevant gospel that suggests Christ, is simply one of many means by which we attain enlightenment, one of many paths we can take that will eventually lead us to eternal paradise.
If these teachings were being expounded upon by some new cult or religion, the likes of which believes in unidentified flying objects, alien abductions, and the such, one could readily dismiss them, waiving them off for the lunacy that they are. The danger however, is that these these teachings are being promoted by men who call themselves Christian leaders, the newly hip, the newly relevant, those eager to make an impact on the world by using their intellect and ability to be tolerant, accepting, and embracing of all religions, all beliefs, brewing up a stew of sorts that has a little of everything everyone likes.
We start off with an abstract notion of a benevolent deity, not any particular god of any particular religion mind you, because that would be divisive, throw in some transcendental meditation, apply some Buddhist rhetoric, quote some Hindu shamans, with just a pinch of prosperity and flesh pleasing, and we have the new faith, relevant to all, helpful to none.
The damage this does to the body of Christ, can only be quantified when, and only when the faith of those who follow this new faith is tested, when they must place their trust in the one in whom they believe, and they discover belatedly so that they don't really know what they believe, who they believe in, or why they believe it.
Unwilling to surrender their all, multitudes of people are flocking to this new found faith, which requires nothing in way of sacrifice, mortification of the flesh, or true repentance. They flock to it, because its easy, convenient, and it allows them to dip their toes in the world, pursue the desires of the flesh, all the while thinking themselves in good standing with God.
Yes, I have stated this before, but apparently it cannot be stated enough during these times, Jesus is the only way, the only truth and the only life.
John 14:6, "Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through Me."
Some things are debatable within the church, but somethings are not up for debate. Whether it's okay to wear a wedding ring, or a necktie, is something that can be appropriated through individual conviction, but some things such as Christ being the one and only path to salvation are not debatable. They are set in stone, unwavering, and unchanging.
I once heard a story of a man who lived in what is referred to as tornado alley. One day the tornado warnings went off, but since the man had livestock to feed, and grass to mow, he did not heed the sirens, and continued about his business. The tornado came, and though the man suffered injuries ranging from broken bones to multiple lacerations, he survived. Later, in the hospital while he was being interviewed, he was asked if the reason he had not sought shelter was because there was something faulty with the warning system. An embarrassed grin spread across his face at this question and he answered, 'No, the warning system worked just fine. I heard the warnings, but I did not heed them.'
Throughout the Bible, the children of God are warned concerning these end times. We are warned of false teachers, who would deny even the Lord who bought them, we are warned of the blasphemers that will arise and deceive the innocent, but the warnings are useless if we do not heed them.
What is certain, is that we will have no excuse for not having known the truth, we will have no excuse for not having been vigilant, just as the man in the storyhad no excuse for not having sought shelter.
The warning system is not faulty, it is not broken, it is not in need of an upgrade, this present generation simply chose to dismiss it. May we be wise and seek the shelter of our Father's embrace, for there is safety in Him.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.