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by Art Sadlier   
July 1st, 2010

For several decades our society has been slipping into moral decline. Today, we are now in an incredible free fall that is plunging us into an abyss of moral depravity that no one could have imagined a few short years ago.

In an article from, “Mission America”, we have the following statement, “Homosexual activists and their allies are, in case one hasn't noticed, the torch-carriers for a movement to destroy biblically-oriented Christianity and its positive influence on our culture.”
They are attacking God’s Word in which we have His plan for the family, His plan for human reproduction and His plan for loving human relationships. I believe in these attacks there is an attack on God Himself.

The writer goes on to say,” I am increasingly convinced that much of the Church will have a lot of explaining to do. Why did most pastors allow evil to be "sold" to our young people with barely a whimper of protest? Why did you allow this tragic behaviour to become a chic cause célèbre in the media without trying to take a stand against it? Why did you let seminaries teach this blasphemy? Why did you spend little or no time in the pulpit dealing with this and all the related sexuality issues - promiscuity, pornography, adultery, fornication - sins that are tearing apart the families and personal lives of even Bible-confessing Christians? Why did you constantly decry "political involvement" when this is a deeply moral issue, one for which there are ready arguments to be made in the public square had more Christian leaders been willing to make them?”

In another quote from the above article we read, “And the big question is: why do you let the world define what's right to do? What will be "accepted" or not? What is "hate" or not? This defense of inaction completely undermines who Christ is and what God is able to do. Such cowardice should make us tremble. For God would not only be with us if we tried to talk some sense into the world, He is just as able to judge each Christian and the society we live in for our disloyalty and cold-heartedness. I believe right now, He is doing just exactly that.”

The writer goes on to say, “The moral decline in our world, the violent images that are the daily bread of our children, the school shootings, the acceptable treason of our elected leaders--will not stop until the Church is willing to be politically incorrect and cry out loudly in protest to proclaim what is good, instead of meekly retreating in the face of evil. With all the hope that is in the Gospel, why do so many remain silent?”

The Church of Jesus Christ has radically changed in the last fifty years. I suggest that much of professing Evangelicalism is in reality no longer the Church of Jesus Christ. It has mutated into something other than the Church of Christ. We have, I believe, seen the transition from Philadelphia to Laodicea, from the Fundamental Bible believing church of the first half of the 20 century to the New Evangelical unregenerate church of the present hour. Remember, John said Laodicea is an unregenerate church, Revelation 3:16.

In the late 1940’s when New Evangelicalism was born, it boldly stated that it would seek to win the world by appealing to the similarities rather than the differences between it and the world. It was born in compromise and that compromise has grown exponentially. The decision was made to cease contending with the world over the claims of God’s word and instead to seek to influence the world. That was a departure from the essence of what the church is to be, we are called to be salt and light in the world. Today you can scarcely tell the difference between the Evangelical and the world. Evangelicals have fallen in love with the world and the things of the world. The love of the pleasures of the world, and the love of the things of the world have replaced the love of Christ in the hearts of many Evangelicals. John said, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him,” 1John 2:15. John, in Revelation 3:16 described this last days church as being lukewarm and warned that the Lord would spew it out of His mouth.

The average Evangelical church has brought the world and its’ music and its’ trappings into the church. The goal is to make the world feel comfortable in the church. It is not to be wondered that the Evangelical church has lost its savour and is no longer salt and light in the world, making the present spread of evil possible.

The world has converted the church instead of the church converting the world. I believe the most tragic thing of all, is that multitudes do not realize that they have apostatized and they on go on confessing that they are followers of Christ. It is comforting to have the assurance that, “The Lord knoweth them that are His”.

This is an hour to press on in the face of the onslaught of the forces of hell. We are like Israel at the Red Sea, the enemy descending upon us from behind and the impossibility of the sea before us. But remember that God sent Pharaoh to attack Israel (by hardening his heart) in order to bring judgment on Pharaoh, and to prove Himself to His people.  We are where God has placed us in this hour. We are soon to be the victors, remember what God said to Moses as the enemy pressed down upon them, “And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will show to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever.,” Exodus 14:13.

“Stand!”  The New evangelicals will not stand they will compromise with the world, they will not stand against errors and evils of the world and its’ attack on God and His Word. But we are to stand!  

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