The apostle Paul, always so concerned for the church, warned his dear son in the Lord, Timothy, to be aware that in the last days, men will heap teachers unto themselves, because they have itching ears. (2 Timothy 4:3) Nominal believers in the church will follow the woeful voices of those who promise everything in order to keep the ‘consumer satisfied’; but in the end, the essence of that which they speak and assure, is little more than the charlatan ways of the flim flam man.
I have witnessed many playing church who merely look for the brand of Christianity that tastes great, is less filling, and minus the hard stuff which identifies the truly faithful saints of God.
When people buy into the lie of self-satisfying agendas, being deceived, they think, “Hey, this Christianity thing isn’t too bad at all. There’s great music, with a great beat; we get to hear inspiring messages that build self esteem and self worth; and the best part is that we get to go to heaven.”
And through it all, the words of Christ, to the self-deceived are never ever heard: “”It is not about you…..it’s about Me and your willingness to humble yourself, confess your sinful estate, and follow Me.”
Still I know that the soul of that person who has not been awakened by the Spirit of God, cannot hear that message. The Holy Spirit’s work of convicting the sinner, precedes the outward confession and repentance which the true believer experiences. For it is only at that point that the true message of the Gospel, in alignment with the work of the Spirit, can yield authentic salvation.
The marvelous fountain of grace which no earthen vessel can contain, flows freely to the self denying sinner. Salvation comes to those who come to the reality that nothing of themselves is worthy of heaven’s rewards. In Christ alone, the church, repentant, sanctified and cleansed, is accepted and acknowledged as being found worthy to inherit the Kingdom of heaven.
So church, take heed to the message to which you listen. The Gospel need not be reinvented to suit ourselves nor our deviant culture. Only the fool would be so irrational as to modify the message to make Christianity more attractive. And to do so, they can not and will not experience Christianity at all.