In the history of every nation there are landmarks in time that you can pinpoint great changes and events.
In America I doubt if you will find one citizen who not tell you the date of President Kennedy assassination or anyone in the world who doesn’t remember the events of September 2001.
The Bible talks of a great falling away from the church in the end times. It is my contention that just as we can tell the points in our various nations history of change so we can tell the point in history when things began to go wrong in the church.
There is not a problem with the institution of the church, however there is a problem with the people in the church and those who have left the church.
I am not a minster /pastor / priest / Deacon / or elder I am as a desert prophet once put it a voice crying in the wilderness
REPENT FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND.
the falling away did not arrive full-blown on the churches doorstep, but silently like a snake crept quietly sneaking in at first unnoticed small things began to change in the church.
We all knew that the world outside was evil, but the church was sacred, holy.
So occasionally you could not get to church because you had to work.
Then after a while you were invitee to have a drink at a bar with work friends (you asked at the time what could one beer do?) you soon found out.
Of course you spent agonising hours in prayer afterward relenting, and repenting.
The next time you we’re invited for a beer you got a lot drunker (more long hours of soul searching followed and the usual Patten of. You we’re more concerned with the hangover, praying for repenting followed.) The next time you got drunk you did not pray you felt little or no remorse your consciences had been burned.
Then later someone offered you a cigarette in your normal state you would automatically have refused, but because you we’re drunk you did not refuse. The next thing that happened someone slipped you a refer.
Now you we’re well on your way to the highway, but you we’re still in a state of denial.
The church tried to help at the time councillor spoke to you did the rehab courses.
But something in you had changed now you moved among the living born again souls and felt that you were been judged yet when you we’re with your pal Al putting a brewsky away you felt at home among the dead souls in the bar.
When people asked why you we’re skipping church your response was “those people are judging me or you don’t know what I have been through or they are gossiping about me).
Satan is the accuser of the brethren.
Not the church.
You believed that you had reached an age of enlightenment.
When your new pal Al laughed at the folks in the church you we’re a little hurt but he spoke like a professional marketer selling you the idea that church was not for people who wanted to get to places of power and position (remember Satan offered Jesus the same deal)(your new pal Al’s good at his job) Al did not come right out and curse Jesus (later when you thought about it you realised that indirectly he was when he said church was for the weak minded, and grandma’s. At the time you began to think he was right after all he had a collage degree and came from a wealthy family with a home in the Hamptons and had all the trappings of success and it looked like he was going to be the president of the bank (later, much later you found out during his trial that he had started his killing spree at the age of 12 when he drowned his cousin in the Delaware river.)
You started staying away from church completely. Now and again you saw Peggy or Mike from church in the bar and you felt sad for them. You did not want to admit it but your actions from drinking that very first beer had Consequence’s) now Satan really let you have it worse than your moms nagging. Satan laid the guilt in thick, this was at the time the worse guilt and self hate sandwich you had ever had.
Now you are filled with self hate and loathing.
To be continued
Note to readers who feel that they are been judged this is not a personal condemnation of you but rather a generalisation should you feel moved to rectify your person spiritual circumstances please seek help from a qualified Minster or Pastor
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