Currently, there is a “modern-moralistic focused” type of Christianity which has arisen in these last days. Regarding this, one author writes, “unlike the wooden horse which invaded Troy, this modern-day Trojan horse has been constructed with the deceptive lumber of superior morality, elevated knowledge, superior “love,” and holy language that calls into question anyone who disagrees with the Left’s proposed moral stances…[however, in order for it to get a stronger “foothold”]…1. It must create animosity toward conservatives and traditionalists who hold to biblical ideas regarding social issues. 2. It must create a sense of moral superiority among an elite group of people” (Miles L. The Christian Left: How Liberal Thought Has Hijacked the Church, 2021, pgs. 17-19).
Now, I am not here in any way to bring up “political issues.” I am only here to bring up spiritual issues which affect the Church and the culture. And because there is division, and confusion, within God’s family, and among the children of God, this is a very serious issue. For Christ, in John Ch. 17, prays that we may be “one”. How in the world are we going to “truly” love one another, and beyond that, reflect love to the world, if we are fighting with each other. The answer is NOT “sweep it all under the rug, and just pretend to like each other, and only focus on the gospel”. The reason is, this group of Christians have “changed” the gospel. The gospel of Christ is not a “moralistic guidebook for social justice”. It is about dying to oneself, and dying to this world, and following Christ, and being rejected by this world, for an eternal hope which is fixed in heaven, and not based on morality, but on blood!
Therefore, we must preach the one and only gospel, being, “The Gospel of the KINGDOM OF GOD”
So, these types of posts are necessary these days because there is so much disorder and confusion regarding Christ, the gospel, the Christian’s identity, and the Kingdom of God within the Church as a whole and what “Salvation” really means! Though most of those who read my blog posts are on the same page as I am, it is important we bring light where there is darkness and truth where there is error wherever we find ourselves. And so I speak as a reminder and voice to encourage us to not lose heart, to continue to discern the times, and to “fight the good fight of the faith” (1 Tim 6:12).
And most importantly, why I have chosen to quote from the book above is because of this verse below:
The Apostle Paul writes to Timothy, “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant,…having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people” (2 Tim. 3:1-5, emphasis mine). Now, there is no better example currently that I can think of that fits this verse better than a movement within the Christian churches which focus on a mission of “morality and love” but which holds no true power. Why do I say it holds no true power. Because the power to live the Christian life is not found in morality but in the power of the resurrection life by the HOLY-SPIRIT within the born again Christian!!! According to Acts Ch. 2, at Pentecost, the “power” that the Church would receive, being the only power available to live like Jesus, was the Holy Spirit. And to preach a different gospel which disregards the Christ who gave us the gospel. And to disregard the very Bible which is the Word of God, and to create a morality separate from the standards found in scripture, is to be without the Spirit and Power of the living Christ by the Holy Spirit!
These verses popped into my mind. And I believe they are a sober reminder of the days we live in. Paul wrote to the Corinthian churches because there were those bringing in a “new, and twisted gospel message.” He writes, “I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough….” (2 Cor. 11:3-4).
And so, I will end with this for now. A reminder to fight for the truth no matter what it cost us and to live a testimony like Paul, who said:
“For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ” (2 Cor. 2:17). Amen