When I first saw this issue, I became excited that I could write about Ecclesiology. After all, the field of Ecclesiology has multiple issues that are likened to leaves on a tree. The real problem lies well below the ground, rarely seen or discussed. The leaf issues, in my analogy, are turning ones back on God (apostasy), immoral behavior, abortion, aberrant theologies, declining attendance, and a lack of the evidence of the Spirit of God in the church. Let me right off state, I do not take this issue lightly or condemn anyone or anything trying to appear spiritually superior. I do not have any and do not intend to acquire any in the near or far future.
Christian Issues Today – Lack of Knowledge
The church used to be high on the hill of ethics and was the honorable light to the country that could affect the wayward sinner to their knees. Today, without the movement of the Holy Spirit in the services, most churches do not even create traffic congestion on Sunday mornings. The number one issue for any organization, church or individual, is when they defiantly thumb their nose at God. For the individual, this is extremely dangerous because most Christians live life outside the protection of God’s guidance. The result of this Christians life is failure, disappointment and frustration.
The reasons for this are many. Paradigm changing scriptures, if we get tired enough of failing God’s tests, to read and study, will literally revolutionize ones Christian walk. For example for me it is scripture like this, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (NKJV Psalm 119:105) God states that He will light ones feet and the road ahead if we will explore the Word of God and use it in each walk. What does this mean? In the beginning, the biggest issue had to be the lack of motivation to understand and spread the Word of God to specific situations.
There is a book of the Old Testament that parallels in so many ways the United States. The book of Hosea says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being a priest for Me; because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.” (Hosea 4.6) There is so much deep meaning in this one scripture. For one, a lack of knowledge will destroy. In the physical world, touch a power line without a ground. Walk out into an expressway with a disregard for fast moving cars. In the spiritual world, just as real are the encounters of the unknown and unseen world. I do not want to kick a dead horse, but when are we going to start to realize this, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6.12)
Without a firm foundation in the Bible, and knowledge in the effectively use of the Word, a Christian is not different from anyone in the world. Secondly, because many Bible colleges and universities have abandoned the Word of God as a basis on which to teach, most preachers and teachers stumble down the wrong path because of a lack of understanding of the Word of God on their own. Replacement and Inclusion Theologies are the result of an aberrant hermeneutic and misinterpretation of a few scriptures while ignoring many others. The students who are attending these schools have not been taught the truth by their parents, nor the churches they attended. Next, they attend a school teaching a watered down allegoric interpretation of the Word of God. Graduating, they instill a watered down allegoric version of the Word of God to pew sitters whom themselves are unaware. Can one begin to see how the church is in the mess it is? These preachers and teachers, forbidden by God as being His agents, just as the writers of Gnostic Gospels were.
And last, because people have abandoned the immutable Word of God, God has turned His back on America and the country has responded with 56,000,000 million abortions of convenience. The blood of all these souls on the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. government, lethargic and lazy people of God who have allowed this atrocity to continue. What needs to be done is nothing short of a revolution, if it is not too late.
Scofield, C. I.. The Scofield study Bible King James version. Red letter ed., 2003 ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. Print.