The contemporary moral climate does not favor a faith as tough and fibrous as that taught by our Lord and His apostles. The delicate, brittle saints being produced in our religious hothouses today are hardly to be compared with the committed, expendable believers who once gave their witness among men.
And the fault lies with our leaders. They are too timid to tell the people all the truth. They are now asking men to give to God that which costs them nothing.
Our churches these days are filled (or one-quarter filled) with a soft breed of Christian that must be fed on a diet of harmless fun to keep them interested. About theology they know little. Scarcely any of them have read even one of the great Christian classics, but most of them are familiar with religious fiction and spine tingling films.
No wonder their moral and spiritual constitution is so frail. Such can only be called weak adherents of a faith they never really understood.
That was written by A.W. Tozer. Hits the churches of today square on the head, doesn't it?
Soft messages about weak Salvation on Sunday morning for visitors who may be unsaved.
Loud music and even some performances, all involved praised earnestly for their sharing.
Children's Sunday School classes with very little substance.
Junior Church to occupy youngers and middles so Dad and Mom can "pay attention" in service alone.
Every church-goer has a cubicle class to be segregated into...marrieds, single men, single women, olders, teens, youth, toddlers and the nursery crowd. No one shares in church as a family anymore. It's actually frowned upon in most churches!
Entertainment. That's what church is. Funny, my Bible shows a view of a very different 'church'. There isn't a mixture of saved and unsaved so much, but the messages are strong as nails. Those in fellowship are not held back or hindered from the True Gospel, but handed it very specifically and very boldly, without apologies. There is no watered down entertainment-filled Sunday candy sale from their 'pulpit'.
Today, though, we havesoft messages from even softer Preachers. Preachers more worried about their security in the pulpit and roll counts being reported to their districts than in the Hell fires and Brimstone that makes up the very black and white Word of God. Tolerance is key. Empty Salvation the doorway.
I was told once that a Preacher's job was to encourage and uplift you on Sundays because no one wanted to hear the harsh words of true exhortation or conviction after being beat down in the world all week. Church was a safe haven.
I totally disagree.
These days, church tends to be little more than satan's camouflaged gateway to Hell. Satan has everything he ever dreamed of in church today...weak teaching, watered down Christians, and an empty, incomplete Gospel going nowhere but the walls inside the building.
And we take (or send) our children off with a pat on the head and a smile because, afterall, they are at least "in church".
Maybe The Word of God will soak into them through osmosis.
Maybe we'll all have a great deal to answer to when that Great Book is opened and our names are read.
If indeed we are even listed there, that is.