WEB Notes: Why are churches closing? Why are there no “faithful”? As Bible teachers we need to take a good long hard look in the mirror…
What are we teaching? Does it align with Scripture?
We have various denominations within Christianity all teaching some different message which is contrary to the Bible. Each denomination has a verse they like to point to as proof of their belief, but they are invalidated by other verses or taken out of context altogether.
This is one reason and a big one why Christianity is failing. It is not Christ who is failing, it is not the Scriptures that are failing. It is the teachers of our time.
Were we not warned?
2 Timothy 4:3-4
3 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;”
4 “And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
The time came a very long time ago, but it has finally reached the point of no return. The people turn their ears from truth to entertain their own denominational beliefs which make the rest of God’s Word a lie.
We have to take all of Scripture and apply it to our life and world. This really hits home for me considering some recent findings that I will share with you all in the near future. It is not secret or some new discovery, but it was certainly compounded into one disturbing package of lies.
When we teach the earth is only 6,000 years old and tie our entire belief structure around those beliefs, people flee Christianity. Especially in this age of technology that we find ourselves in. One can learn about history right on the screen of a computer,phone or tablet wherever they are.
We no longer have to seek special schooling to learn about these things or wait for it to arrive in the mail. We can have it now, this moment.
Due to the rapid rate of technology and wrong Christian beliefs, people are fleeing the faith. We as teachers are responsible to a large degree for this. We could throw the blame all on Satan, he certainly bears a large portion of the blame, but we must be accountable ourselves and understand what we believe, and why we believe it.
The observation that many churches, which until a few years ago were necessary, are now no longer thus, due to a lack of faithful and clergy, or a different distribution of the population between cities and rural areas, should be welcomed in the Church not with anxiety, but as a sign of the times that invites us to reflection and requires us to adapt.
Those are the words of Pope Francis, as reported by the Vatican press office. The emphasis is mine.
If some day I arrive in a hospital emergency room bleeding profusely from gaping wounds, I’d like to think that the doctors would respond to (not exactly “welcome”) my arrival “with anxiety.” Because anxiety would be warranted.