As I continue seeking spiritual maturity, I try to limit the time I spend atop my personal soapbox. Sometimes, the Holy Spirit unbridles my heart and mouth and allows me to speak what is on my heart. I believe this is one of those times. This week, I depart from sharing lessons learned here on the Cross-Dubya and share something that’s troubled me for months. I pray for your indulgence.
A burden I’ve carried and prayed about daily is how man’s free will is being subverted. God created man with free will, that is, the ability to decide for themselves who or what to believe, do, and follow. Every human has the free will needed to heed God’s calling upon their life to salvation or continue following the “god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4), Satan. I believe Satan has crossed the cultural tipping point and worldliness has overtaken holiness. Research bears this out. In May, the Cultural Research Center of Arizona Christian University, headed by noted researcher Mr. George Barna, released the following excerpt from their American Worldview Inventory 2022. AWVI2022_Release05_Digital.pdf (arizonachristian.edu) Among the most telling of these statistics was that only 37 percent of all Christian pastors held a true biblical worldview. I define that as a Bible-believing Christian who knows every bit of God’s word is true and applicable to our lives; and not just those selective passages we agree with. God’s word is not open to man’s interpretation but understanding and application.
As the research expounded further, the younger they are, the lower the percentage. In fact, claiming only 12% of Youth/Children pastors hold a biblical worldview further broke my heart. This telling report also validated my belief that the world has subverted much of Christ’s church. I find evidence of this in the report, showing that over 60 percent of Christian pastors hold a religious syncretistic worldview. In layman’s terms, the church looks more like the world than it does Jesus Christ and His teachings.
Syncretism, as defined by the American Heritage Dictionary, is “the reconciliation or fusion of differing systems of belief.” This is most evident in the areas of culture and religion, resulting in a new teaching or belief system that is overtaking many of our churches today. Religious syncretism happens when we introduce cultural beliefs that often go against God’s word into our churches and then accepted by its members. We can find examples of this in five false gospels that seem prevalent in many of today’s churches.
- The Gospel of Permissive Grace
- The Gospel of Social Justice
- The Gospel of New Age Spirituality
- The Gospel of My Sexual Preference
- The Gospel of Interfaith Dialogue
Whether subversion or apathy, it seems these days that our churches and families have acquiesced to the rule of Government rather than the laws of God. This creates an unbalanced view of the world for our children and grandchildren, that places their free will at a significant disadvantage. If you only hear and see one-side of an argument, then it is impossible for you to make a fair and balanced decision by weighing all sides equally. As I learned in algebra class many years ago, to balance an equation, you must apply the same action on both sides of the equation.
I am a firm believer in free will and will defend the right of every person to accept or reject God, to choose what is right for them. The problem is that we parents and grandparents are condemning generations of our children to hell because we’ve not given them a balanced look at the alternative. As an example, they force public schools to teach curriculum (critical race theory, gender fluidity, etc.) that many teachers and parents may not agree with. Yet, it is forced upon them and their children by a power-hungry government that has no regard for freedom of choice and far too much control over our lives.
Another heartbreaking example is how some parents and guardians drop off their children at churches and then promptly return home to flip on the TV or go out to dinner. They don’t always do so to give their children a balanced view of Christianity, but to give themselves a night off from their children. Some Christian churches do their best to show a biblical worldview and teach godly values to the children they serve. These volunteers cannot replace the family. Of the 168 hours in each week, children spend nearly 24% in the classroom; and at best, 3% (about 5 hours) in a church environment. This means most children spend over 70% of their time at or near their home.What do we expose our children to each day? #TeachGod #ShowThemGod Click To Tweet
Research has long shown the relationship between a child’s environment and what and how they learn. If children spend 70% of their time at home, then it makes sense that a commensurate amount of their learning takes place there. Questions every family should ask themselves include:
- What is on my television? Whether or not the children watch it, they hear it.
- What does my family do on Sunday morning? Is church a part of the family’s life or a vacation from the kids?
- Does my family hold a biblical worldview, and is it reinforced through the examples we set for our children?
AWANA club meetings at church, Bible Boot Camp nights, Sunday School, or youth services on Sunday evenings should help augment and reinforce what children are being taught at home. My question for you is, “Where are you while your children are in a church program?”Even if your children attend church-sponsored programs, are you sure they’re learning God’s truths or man’s interpretation? #TeachGod #ShowThemGod Click To Tweet
Growing older, I’ve watched family values erode to where self has become more important than anything or anyone else. The world fills every day of the weekend with sports activities for our children. While these are a vital part of growing up, teaching important lessons in sportsmanship, manners, rules, etc., they should not take precedence over a family worshiping and serving God.
Children learn from the environments exposed to. If we don’t live out the examples of behavior we expect from them, then how can we expect them to learn and apply them in their lives? If they can’t see it in our lives, how can we ever expect to see it in theirs? Our “go along to get along” permissive mindset has subjected generations to a deceived, unbalanced lifestyle. When we see the turmoil, chaos, and terror in our world today, I can’t help but cry as I realize the world is reaping what we older generations have sown. Our failure to hold the line on values and morality is most certainly a contributing factor to the condition of the world today.
I doubt I surprised many of you reading this by these statistics, trends, or results of what I call The Great Deception. The distraction and subversion of our family values, morality, ethics, and the sanctity of life has left us a deceived people. As the report shows, even our religion now aligns with the world’s values more than God’s. I keep hearing of how young people are leaving the churches in greater numbers. Has anyone stopped to consider that the reason why is that the churches look, act, and think no differently from the rest of this world?
Throughout the Bible, God calls His people to be “set apart.” I contend we cannot be set apart if we sound, act, and believe like those we are to be set apart from. Please do not misconstrue my message to be one of separation and exclusion from the world; that is contrary to a primary role of Christians—to fulfill the Great Commission. Instead, I want to encourage each of us to look at what role we can take in helping to balance out opposing worldviews for today’s young people. The only way we can do this is to start with ourselves. Once we align ourselves with the entirety of God’s word and start living it out in our lives, it will affect the world around us.
My prayer this week is that if I’ve stepped on your toes, you recognize perhaps God felt they needed to be stepped on. Sometimes being the messenger is hard, but the reward is so worth it. More, I pray this post helps just one person understand the serious crisis our families and churches face. One person may not change the entire world, but we can change our small part of it.
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J.D., may we keep praying. May God align hearts with His Word and truth. May God bring correction where we have strayed and keep us all on His path.
Amen Ms. Joanne. I pray many, including myself, will seek God’s guidance in where we have failed to live up to His righteous standard and we have unrepented sin in our lives. God knows we can live perfect Christian lives, but I remind myself often (especially when Satan tries to ensnare me with FUD) that He isn’t looking for perfection, just surrender. God’s blessings ma’am.
Thank you for sharing truth. We must allow the Holy Spirit to do His job in our hearts and lives. To get us on the right track of searching our lives in repentance and forgiveness. Then we can get our homes in order with God’s Word. We need to be the ultimate teacher in our home. We need to be the example of Jesus living in each of us. May God continue to bless you.
Thank you very much Ms. Mary. I greatly appreciate your insight ma’am. You are so right, our number one job as parents and grandparents is to teach and guide our children and grandchildren. Far too many folks today have abdicated that important task to schools and others. It’s when we all work together to reinforce what is being learned at home that we can have the greatest impact. Even if we teach godly values and ethics at home, but allow our schools to fill children’s heads with worldly things, then we not only have to “de-program” them in many cases, we leave them confused and distrusting. We can’t guide and mentor those who have no trust in us. Well said ma’am.
Oh J.D. you so beautifully and eloquently said exactly what is on my heart as a mother and grandmother. Back 30 years ago when my children were small, parents still sent their kids to camp (Bible or otherwise) just to get a break. I looked forward to summer as a way to pull them back in after being out of my direct influence at school for so many hours. We did fun activities but also bible studies together. I wanted to sow the seeds so that when they are old they will always come back to those teachings. Although it is different and, in some ways, more difficult, I endeavor to sow those seeds in my grandchildren now as well. Thank you for sharing your heart.
Thank you Ms. Ann. I strongly suspect that if you asked your children (and grandchildren) today what they remember about mama (grandma), one of their favorite memories is how you were “God with skin on” for them. You show/ed them through the way you live your life how important God is. And not just on Sunday morning ma’am. Thank you for standing strong in your faith and providing the example that our young people need to see. I so appreciate how you recognize that Christianity is not a “denominational thing” but a “relationship”. What matters most is who you worship. Jesus Christ is Lord! God’s blessings sweet lady.
Oh J.D. thank you. I sincerely hope that is what they would remember about me. Jesus is LORD!
Thank you Ms. Ann. I too pray that family and friends will remember those same things about me. Another friend shared a statement with me years ago that I hold dear. His statement, “I pray no one learns that I was a Christian at my funeral.” I took that to mean, if they didn’t know it before I died, then I sure wasn’t much of one. 🙂 God’s blessings ma’am.
Those stats are startling but totally believable. I fear many parents merely follow the status quo today and trust churches without questioning. And that’s maybe all they know to do.
It makes me feel powerless to make a difference but then I remember the power of prayer. Committing to pray about this alarming trend fervently and daily right now.
Thanks J.D. for speaking up about this matter of great importance.
Great point Ms. Candyce. I think many parents simply “trust” that schools, churches, and other institutions who are supposed to be helping guide our children and grandchildren’s learning is “indoctrinating rather than teaching.” That may be a “broad-brushed” statement, but it sure explains why we’re seeing much of what’s happening to our young people in the past two or three generations. I think you point to another problem and that is that parents today don’t verify or validate what their children are being taught. If you dont’ know what they’re learning at school or church, then how can you determine if it aligns with your family’s core values and system of morality? Thank you for the candid comments ma’am. And yes, prayer for discernment and guidance is key.
It can feel like a losing battle to try to counter the world’s view with the Christian one. Yet it’s not, and it’s vital to share God’s truth where and as much as we can. Especially at home. How we also need to pray for God to open hearts to His truth.
Absolutely Ms. Barbara. We Christians have surrendered far too much to the government already. It seems with each passing generation, we move the line back more and more as we compromise more and more of our beliefs. I can’t help but think of a quote from Sir Winston Churchill (and I’ll paraphrase here), “Appeasement is feeding the crocodile in hopes that it will eat you last.”
Dear Mr JD
I did indulge you and found you to be at the core of America’s number one problem, independence. Everybody doing what they want according to some made up standard.
Let me quote John Adams in a letter to the Massachusetts militia dated Oct 1798.
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whole(sic) goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
And I remind your readers the only religion the English colony forefathers knew was Reformation Protestantism in all its varieties, and it was, is, and shall forever be one’s relationship with Jesus Christ, not the power of seated servants.
When our dependence swings back to the Almighty GOD of the universe, we’ll begin to live the life God ordained in our Constitution.
Thank you for taking the lead. I pray God hears your heart and delivers rain on your head. Amen.
Amen! Thank you Mr. Warren. Well stated my learned friend.
Unbalanced is such a perfect word choice, J.D. Our world has become so unbalanced in many ways. Intolerance toward anyone who disagrees w/us is just one. I’m glad you’re not allowing the world to silence you–seems in every age, people are born “for such a time as this” –born to speak up!
Thank you Ms. Gail. Satan is most assuredly having a field day with all that is happening in our nation and this world today. I’ve long believed that since the “original sin”, his game is to introduce fear, uncertainty, and doubt into the minds of humans so as to distract us enough to derail our dependence upon and faith in God. He strives to convince our prideful hearts that we can be our own god. When that wasn’t enough, he introduced busyness into our lives as it busied our minds so much that we would be even easier to be distracted and deceived.
Amen, J. D., and so well said! Let us do what we can in the corner of the world in which we live to hold to God’s standards, not man’s, that we might be the light to a lost generation.
You betcha Ms. Martha! “Each one must reach one” If we can do that to the point it becomes self-replicating, then we can indeed change the world. One person, one family, one community, one city, one county, one state, and one nation at a time! God’s blessings ma’am.
wonderful but sad blog this time but so true. Sure like your word choices too, of unbalanced and deceptive. Some of our grands ‘get it’ and some don’t so far. And yes you are correct too, for each of us to live a life for Jesus as an example and amen.
Prayers for rain for you too.
Thank you Mr. Terry. Great points sir. I am most confident that many of our readers and friends here do the very best they can to help guide their families. Yet, I believe we are the exception and not the norm today. Some will, as you say, “get it”, and some won’t, but if we know in our hearts that we did the very best we could to demonstrate and walk out our faith in public display for them, then I can rest easy knowing I gave my full measure. God’s blessings old friend.
Outstanding. So very true – and our children need Truth to overcome the spiritual battles to come.
Yes ma’am. So very true Ms. DiAnn. I think often about what I will leave behind for friends and family after God calls me home. I pray it is a record of truth and good works that might help lead them to Christ in the days ahead. God’s blessings ma’am.
Thank you. So very true and heartfelt. The world today needs God more than ever. We keep praying for the world to become a better place.
How very true Ms. Joyce. We pray for the world to be a better place, but too few actually put forth any effort to affect that change my friend. Our families, communities, and churches suffer because it’s much easier to fuss about than to do something about it. I’ve long admired the fact that you life out your faith daily and do your very best to be that positive influence and example your family, friends, and community can see and follow. God’s blessings ma’am.
How many ways can one declare a heartfelt and unmitigated AMEN!!!? It’s a familiar feeling to occupy the same page with you, my friend, and today was no exception. God commanded His people from the very beginning to “teach your children”. He instructed them to post His words where they could be seen and to talk about them with their families throughout the day. The devil obviously knew and feared the power in that command and in this culture he has subverted and used it to accomplish his own perverted, toxic, and eternally lethal objectives.
One of the burdens I carry is for the families without an involved father and/or one that dad’s spiritually ignorant, unconnected, or unavailable. i confess repeatedly my own complicity in not being more aware of the subtle sabotaging of our foundational beliefs. Now the Word of God is openly mocked and those who believe it are ridiculed as mental and social Neanderthals. God bless you, J.D., for once again displaying the courage that so many are lacking in this country. May God multiply your influence and make the seeds you sow become a harvest that helps to restore righteousness and genuine justice in this land that has been so blessed. Forgive me for being so wordy, but this one poured some gas on the fire.
I find myself once again, both humbled and encouraged by your words Mr. Ron. I share in your burden for these “Father-less Generations” that lack the influence, character, and ethics that those men God placed in our lives (your grandfather and my adopted dad) helped instill in us sir. I recognize that God is truly “Father to the father-less”, but as you so aptly stated, Satan has subverted today’s culture to the point that God is not being shown or offered to these young people in a way that can bring about positive change in their life. It seems that the farther back God is pushed in peoples’ lives, the more evil prevails. Our society bears this out. I can’t help but wonder, “Darkness can never overtake the light, but if we don’t shine God’s light into our family, church, community, and nation, then there’ll be no light to overtake the darkness.” Keep shining my good and faithful friend.
I praise God that we have a young (40) pastor at our church, and he preaches the Gospel and reformed doctrine. Our church is growing because people WANT to hear the truth (at least some). I am one of the Sunday School teachers as you know, and I’ve been wondering if, after 8 years, it’s time for me to take a break and let another couple teach 4th-6th. I love the word, and perhaps teach it a bit above the grade level for the younger kids, but I challenge them to see what God wrote and apply it to their lives. One parent wants me to go softer.
These two weeks that I’ve been given to decide to carry on or step down have been harrowing. What to do?? I’ve been searching God’s word and will on the matter and praying, but it’s still only 55 /45% to continue. I have till the 19th to tell the Children’s Ministries leader. Please pray that I will see God’s will and obey it, whichever.
A difficult decision for sure Ms. Jackie, and while I could never consider myself qualified to offer counsel to you sweet sister, I can offer you both my prayers and unqualified thoughts. With your many years of service to the youth of your church, a break is well-deserved. But if you love serving God in this way, then I would urge you to continue doing so. I would also consider the other couple who is interested in stepping into this role. Are they qualified, motivated, have the solid biblical worldview needed to teach these young people the truth of God’s word? If yes to all these things, then perhaps giving them that opportunity is a way for you to serve in more of a mentoring/oversight capacity and leverage your teaching experience across a broader spectrum. Whatever your decision my friend, I know you’ll make it with lots of prayer time to support and guide your decision.
Thanks, JD. Some good things to consider.
Thank you Ms. Jackie. I pray I’ve helped in some way ma’am. God’s blessings and prayers for His leading in your decision.
Thank you for this post!
You have articulated so well what many of us are thinking. It is truly heartbreaking to see the lack of Biblical education, world view, and morality in young people today.
We continue to pray and do our part to help spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. God hears our prayers, my dear friend.
Having had the blessing of sharing time with you and Mr. Guy, I can agree wholeheartedly about your efforts to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with your family, friends, and everyone y’all meet. I couldn’t help but pause to consider that in addition to the waning biblical worldview of today’s young people, I’m seeing more and more of our generation who has begun to assimilate today’s cultural beliefs into their Christian beliefs. This breaks my heart even more.
Amen, J.D. If we aren’t any different than the world, why would people want what we have? We are called to be set apart and make disciples. Thanks for sharing your “soapbox.” You are right on!
How very true Ms. Barbara. If we can’t demonstrate the difference true faith in God makes in our lives, then we have no product to offer anyone beyond what they already have. Thank you for your ever-encouraging support ma’am.
We must lead by example. Instead of dropping children off at church and leaving, volunteering is a great way to help show the love of Christ. There are many false teachers out there. We must give our children the truth and help them to follow Him. 🙂
Yes ma’am! I was thinking about your walks with little Rowan and the talks about nature, God, and the values that you and Mr. Alan share with him as I was writing this piece Ms. Melissa. How I wish more parents and grandparents had the foundation in Christ needed to help shape our nation’s young people. It sometimes makes me sad when I look around and see “lost generations” all around me.
Amen JD. I believe God has led you to share this message. The church, in many places, has lost its way. So, we must stand in its place and proclaim the truth in the way we live our lives and with the words we share. I pray for a great revival to spread a tour country and the world. Lord, forgive us for our part in this problem. Amen
I pray daily that God help me to be that “watchman on the wall” for my family, church, and community. I know that I can’t change everyone, but I can be the best “farmer for God” I can be and sow as many seeds of faith as possible each day. Like you my friend, I pray daily that God place just one person in my path that I can help in some way. God’s blessings ma’am.
For a long time now I’ve noticed how such things as Sunday School, And Sunday evening Discipleship training have fallen by the wayside. This type of small setting training in the Word does not seem to be valued the way it was when I was growing up. Many churches now only hold a Sunday morning worship service. It is a reflection of our times. We have fallen asleep, lacking the discipline to study the Word and disciple the younger generation in it.
Thank you for this post which nudges us to realize what’s happening and do better.
Very true Ms. Terri. It seems discipleship has taken a back seat to “entertainment”. I think of 2 Timothy 4:3 and how many sitting in pews today have “itching ears” and are only interested in hearing what makes them feel good about themselves and not what makes them a better Christian. Great point ma’am.
J.D., I share your burdened heart and I’m so glad you shared this. It needs to be shared more. Thank you.
Thank you Ms. Kathy. As I mentioned, I try not to get on my soapbox publicly too often, but the truth is always worth the risk ma’am. God’s blessings.
So well expressed and so sad. I am concerned for my grandchildren growing up during this time. Their parents don’t attend church, so neither do the children.
Also, I am highly concerned about how deception is slithering into the lives of Christians without them even realizing it. I recently learned of a well-known and loved devotional book that is full of New Age thoughts and lies. Yet, Christians by the thousands have read it. It is distressing to say the least.
Yes ma’am. I’ve seen those same things happening, and what was once “trusted resources for biblical truth” have also become subverted by this world. Like you I suspect, I too pray daily for God’s discerning spirit to help guide me through this world and identify those once-safe places that have become suspect to His kingdom. I’ll be praying for all those children and grandchildren that haven’t yet found their way to Christ. Keep the faith my gentle friend.
Well stated JD! I whole heartily agree!
I’ve posted it before, but a quote from George Barna says, “Culture affects the church far more than church affects culture.” This should never be.
Thank you Mr. Ben. You are so true sir. I can’t speak to the rest of the world, but when I see headlines from Church of England, pronouncements from the Roman Catholic Church, the UMC split, and many other things affecting the church that few seem to take note of, I felt compelled to say something. Adults make decisions each day that will affect their eternity, and that’s sad; but my great sadness that inspired this post, was how little truth our younger generations get from which they must one day make a faith decision upon. We adults aren’t giving these precious young souls the guidance and examples they need (in many but not all cases) to make an informed decision about following God. As I mentioned on PJNET TV last night (before I derailed myself with a false gospels discussion), if young people don’t see the difference Christianity makes in their homes and family, then why would they want to commit themselves to doctrinal training, potential persecution by the world, etc.? Thanks as always for weighing in sir. God’s blessings.
I couldn’t agree more, brother J.D. You are absolutely right! I’ll go one step further and say that even devotionals and memes with Scripture need to be balanced with the truth of the Word. Sin and deception are in the world, and they have severe consequences. The OT is full of God’s character and what He does to punish sin and disobedience. Often it’s not a pretty picture. Truth is a two-sided coin, and we must present the gospel as it really is–not just sugar-coated. We are living in the last days, and we need to witness earnestly to the lost, especially to our own families.
My older daughter is switching from teaching in public school to a new Christian classical school starting up in Celina. Kids will be educated with a Christian worldview in a loving environment where the truth of God’s Word will be the centerpiece. I’m going to be a substitute teacher there myself! Even in the darkest of times, the light of the gospel will shine brightly into the lives of these little ones. Praise the Lord for giving us hope for the future.
Yes ma’am, we can and MUST keep shining God’s light into this world; especially focusing that true light onto our young people today. I’ve not had the privilege of meeting your beautiful family beyond the bounds of social media, but from all I’ve observed, it’s clear that the nurturing, love, and guidance you poured into them is paying dividends today. I’m super excited to learn that you and your daughter will be helping in a Christian school. I worry that these institutions (St. Ambrose University is one that comes to my mind immediately) have become overly worldly and pursuing those things for their students rather than holding them to the high moral standards the school was founded upon. Keep shining your lift my friend!
We certainly do need a new Great Awakening in America today. May God bring such awakening. Thanks for diverting from your usual, JD. Great lessons here!
Amen Ms. Nancy. I firmly believe we are witnessing “The Great Falling Away” of the body of Christ as Paul writes about in 1 Thessalonians 2. Until that day, we each have an opportunity to seek confession and repentance (1 John 1:9). Thank you ma’am.
You have shared a message that should lead each of us to reflect deeply on what we believe and how we live out that belief. Although this may not have been your intention, I think one of the most important aspects of your message is the question we should ask ourselves, “Are we living a life that demonstrates the Light of Jesus within us? Do others see Jesus in us.” While we lament the loss of Christians values in society, the only way to change this is by our actions. Are we spreading the love of Jesus to others? We, who live now, are the missionaries of the Good News of Jesus Christ to a fallen and hurting world. What are we doing to fulfill that mission? I know I am not doing enough.
I pray some of that came out in my post Ms. Katherine. You hit on such an important part of the conversation we each need to have. If we are to make a difference in our own lives, the lives of our families, churches, communities, cities, states, and nations, then it MUST BEGIN WITH US. How well stated my learned friend. If we’re honest with ourselves, we can each find areas of our faith life that can be improved upon. I think as important as anything else though is our willingness to show ourselves as less than perfect, but humble enough to admit we’re not and show how we are working to be more like Christ in everything we do. We can’t change the world until we change ourselves. Well said author! God’s blessings ma’am.
My daughter met a man today who moved here from Germany. He heard her talking about Jesus and came over to their table. He became a Christian in our country. He asked why Christian pastors aren’t speaking the truth about what the Bible says and about what is going on in our country. He said it is like Germany in the early days of Hitler. God give us courage to walk in the light and speak the truth in love. Always.
Amen Ms. Debbie. He certainly does ma’am. We must be the ones who choose to walk in His truth however, and it seems few are willing to make that choice. I’m so very glad you did my friend. God’s blessings.
Progressive Christianity and New Age teachings are rampant in the churches now and it breaks my heart! 🙁 So glad you wrote this blog post!
Mine too Ms. Teresa. I’m not willing to surrender ground to those who desire to be deceived. If someone wants to see the truth, people like you and me must shine brightly for God. I’m so very honored to know “Beacon People” like you ma’am. Let us continue shining God’s light into this darkened world.
J.D. this was such a sobering message, and a very much needed one, my friend. This is sad and heartbreaking, “I believe Satan has crossed the cultural tipping point and worldliness has overtaken holiness.”
The Barna study is hard to swallow, but something we must listen to and decide to take a stance on God’s Word and God’s Word alone.
The Barna study was hard to read Ms. Karen; as have been reports and studies prior to this one. What remains most saddening for me is how many churches see it, they know it, and yet, they choose to look the other way rather than to say “STOP, this ain’t right!” God’s love is not afraid of speaking truth! I’m so honored to stand beside you in your battle for the truth of God my friend.
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There are times I feel so defeated by the erroneous or skewed views of the world and especially of fellow Americans. It can be depressing. Being around other believers and reading God’s Word keeps me grounded. But more than anything, it is knowing that Jesus will one day be returning. All of this foolishness will be exposed and people will know the Truth. Hallelujah! Thank you for speaking what needs to be heard.
Yes ma’am. EGT (End-Game Thinking), keeping our eyes on the prize, etc. is the only way I can make it through some days it seems. I can sure understand ma’am.