We are living in the post Christian era! When I first read that notion, years ago, I was angry. My thought was, “That’s not so!” However, I was wrong. In the sense that the world is less influenced by Christianity than it was, we most certainly are, in a “post Christian era,” where Jesus Christ actually has less influence on society in general, than the Beatles. What should the effect of that be on Bible believing Christians? We need to “Dig in.” As Paul said to Timothy, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, “I charge you in the presence of God and of Jesus Christ, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom, preach the word; be ready in season and out of season, reprove, rebuke, and exhort with complete patience and teaching. For the time will come when people will not endure sound teaching; but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from the truth, and wander off into myths” (2 Timothy 4:1-4).
This degradation into apostasy began in the fourth century, and continues to the present day, becoming more and more prevalent. We see now, with the modern, and then the post-modern movements reaching their apex, the full blown result of people having itching ears. Most that is called “Christianity” today, is no more than a strictly nominal rendering of the word. It has no more to do with the Lord Jesus Christ and grace, faith, salvation, redemption, and reconciliation (the Biblical doctrines of grace), than arsenic has to do with nutritious food. They simply use these words, and give them different meanings.
Dale Ritts, the pastor of the Oran (Ohio), Congregational Christian Church, where I’m a member, says that churches in the USA, have become apathetic in their outreach to the poor, and the disenfranchised. He tells us regularly that preaching, “Come to Christ” is not enough. Paul says the same thing in 1 Corinthians 13, i.e., “If we speak with tongues of men and angels and don’t have charity or love, we are like sounding brass (horns), and banging cymbals,” making a lot of noise; but accomplishing little in the relief of humankind, spiritually or physically; and most certainly ineffective to the saving of souls. Who indeed will believe our rhetoric about Christ, if it isn’t backed up with kind deeds?
That brings me back to the point that we need to “dig in.” We need to be firmly entrenched in the gospel, and in the Word of God, together. The entire gospel, i.e., the good news, is that Jesus not only cares about your soul; but about your physical person as well. If we, as followers of Christ don’t reflect our love for people by seeing, (as much as is possible for us to do) to their physical well being, we may as well keep our mouths shut about eternal life!
We’re at war! We’re fighting Satan and the forces of evil; principalities and powers in high places (be that political entities or demons), and the weapons of our warfare aren’t of the flesh – they are spiritual. They will, nonetheless pull down every high and lofty notion that’s against God, if we stick to our purpose!
Now it’s confession time! I’ve been terribly guilty in blaming others for not preaching and living the truth, and I’m just as guilty as anyone and everyone else! As Harry Truman said, the buck stops here! I’m going to throw myself into the battle for Truth today. If you want to join me, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We should pray for one another and be in Covenant together in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Grace and peace to all of you, from a sinner saved by grace,
P.S. This isn’t ecumenism that I’m speaking of, nor is it denominationalism. It’s Covenant Christianity sealed by the blood of Jesus Christ. It’s for those who believe spiritual revival is the world’s only hope, and who will pray and work to that end. It’s for those who are willing to be bond slaves for Jesus Christ. Bill