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Pope Francis: Church Closings A ‘Sign Of The Times,’ Should Not Cause Anxiety

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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
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“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.

Source: Pope Francis: Church closings a ‘sign of the times,’ should not cause anxiety | Opinion | LifeSite



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  1. Christ told us that he came to set us at variance with one another. When the “church” tries to accommodate people by teaching what the world finds acceptable, they make His word of no effect. By doing this they have nothing to offer that can’t be gotten elsewhere. Why go to church when they always end up begging for money and giving nothing of value in return. We can stay home and live our lives as we wish for free. We don’t need a handful of stories, we can get them on tv or online.
    Now if they started actually started teaching the word, and offered something of value, like God’s wisdom and how to live our lives in a truly meaningful way, His way, then we would have a reason to be there.
    We are here to choose Whom we will serve. If they aren’t willing to make a stand for God and separate good from evil, they serve no purpose. How can God bless that?

    • If churches would have just taught truth, as that is what this is all about. It is so simple, as God just wants to know who loves Him, and he left us simple instructions on how to live, what to eat, simple laws to follow, and we did not listen, still do not listen, even when Jesus came, but man made up his own traditions and still does, on some kind of power trip. You can tell most pastors, priests, etc., must not even read the Bible as they sure do not follow what God has told them, so no wonder so many are just confused and do not believe. It is so sad.

  2. 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.”

    You are so right. I am finding this in my own family (especially my husband), and it has me twisted in knots. I always thought we would be a united front, but his constant denying of things in God’s word makes me incredibly sad. He said the mark of the beast is going to be a forced microchip since that has been planted in his head for a very long time, and at this point, there is no convincing him otherwise.

    • Donna, sorry to hear about the family disagreements, I know it makes it tough. Just love them and try to set the differences aside. I am sure you have said your peace, all you can do is leave it up to God. A lot of families become torn apart by Biblical beliefs, you are not alone and it is sad. Christ did tell us, “Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division,” (Luke 12:51). So we have been warned.

      A United Front. You know those fronts tend to change over time. You find that some people are not as strong as they seemed in their faith and end up as some of the seeds Christ told us about, (Matthew 13:3-9; 18-23). Some pick up church tradition while other Christians become so excited over slight differences in belief that they cast you aside, even though the same message is delivered overall. Sad indeed and always remember, none of us are all going to agree on everything. That is fine, as long as Scripture overall stays true.

      At least we can take comfort in the Christian fellowship some of us have with family and friends.

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