Because they loved the praises of men rather than the praises of God concisely describes the problems facing American Christians in a world in rebellion to Yahweh God’s spiritual authority. Compromising the principles of God has historically been a problem for Christians being forced to bow down to ungodly edicts of men.
During Babylon’s glorious days of King Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel’s account of the Old Testament, three Hebrew children were thrown into a fiery furnace for the insolence of not bowing down to Nebuchadnezzar's massive golden image when the music began playing.
The prophet Daniel faced his moment of truth by praying openly from his residence to his one true God. Daniel received the punishment of being thrown into the lion’s den for defying the governmental order to not pray to any other deity.http://christianity.about.com/od/biblestorysummaries/a/Daniel-Den-Of-Lions.htm
Nero brought the sport of murdering Christians to an art form by torching them alive to provide light for his demented ceremonies. Not complying to government commands brought swift retribution historically for Christians.http://www.funtrivia.com/askft/Question113281.html
If anyone believes anything has changed for Christians in the last two thousand years, they are ignoring the historical record. Being martyred for your belief system is still a genuine threat today in many countries, particularly if one is a Christian in an Islamic dominated country.
So when Christians in this country face the same choice of bowing down to the edicts of men or adhering to the standards of God, it is an embarrassing reality to witness the compromises being done to cow-tow to standards clearly not scriptural to the word of God.
One wonders what the thousands of Christians would think after preferring to be torn apart by lions in the Roman Colosseum rather than submit to paying homage to a line of Caesars that demanded worship and devotion to the Roman emperors rather than their Christian God?
It is no wonder God in His disgust declared that “judgment will begin in the house of God”. Lifting the false worship and standards of this world in the pulpits of churches claiming to be Christian has become a nauseating practice. There is no distinction between the congregation of the church and the congregation at the neighborhood bar.
A recent poll showed that 61% of Christians claim it is satisfactory to have sex apart from marriage which reflects the same attitude to those not having any religious principles. The indoctrination to fornication to wear or not wear a condom has become a moot spiritual point. One should have larger concerns than whether sexual diseases or pregnancy could take place.
It is a spiritual paradox of those wanting to label themselves as Christian but resist the very standards that makes one Christian. There is a form of godliness but denying the power thereof that makes even God be repulsed by the middle of the road non committed attitudes where He says "I will spew you out of My Mouth".
Taking the road of least resistance is governing all types of unacceptable behavior as hedonistic standards are encroaching not only churches, but sectors of society where deviate behavior is not unusual. Clearly the “if it feels good do it” is the main motivator to much behavior. The issue is no longer “should I do it?”, but “so what?”.
Incorporating worldly values into the church environment has made a mockery of James 1:27 which states, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” That is the standard.
The church is suppose to be an oasis from the madness taking place outside the sanctuary. Somebody needs to reexamine the term “sanctuary”. It is no wonder the church is losing memberships overall when one cannot see any benefit of being inside or outside the church.
Bowing down to the standards of man is corrupting the church, so much so that Revelation rebukes the majority of churches that will be in existence during the last days. This incorporation of popular worldly ideas is driving the great falling away in the church body where corruption is rotting the fabric of the church as surely as corruption is rotting away the fabric of our society.
Jesus declared, “if you love Me, you will follow My commandments”. It is abundantly clear that love is absent from much of the intents demonstrated by the church.
“You have forgotten your first love” is the determining issue as stipulated in the condemnation of one of the churches in Revelation. False teaching and embracing the doctrine of demons into the church organizations is bringing about the demise of many churches where there are more churches closing than opening in America. Altars are being built and worshiped inside the church to the gods of this world.
If you compromise to obtain what you want, you usually end up losing everything.
Spock in Star Trek gave an ominous warning, "having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true."