But the Church is not immune. Individuals and denominations are taking positions in alignment with the culture rather than the Bible. I have asked this before, but if we continue to accept what the culture says about sin, what is our message? How are we different – other than we choose to gather in the same place one to three times each week?
There seems to be an abandonment of the Bible underway. In most churches we do not instruct people on the importance of studying the Word of God, we certainly do not equip them to do so. In 40 years I have never been in a class in a church that was focused on equipping people to study their Bibles that I was not leading.
Hard times are coming. A couple of years ago I was asked to come to a country and help equip the people in underground churches to study the Bible. The stated purpose was so that they could feed themselves when their pastor was arrested. Some will say that can’t happen in the USA, the mayor of Houston has already tried to censor pastor’s sermons. That was just the first of many salvos to come.
As a Body we have created several generations of consumers. Pastors and leaders have focused on teaching and preaching rather than equipping. In so doing, creating dependency on their study and teaching. What happens when they are no longer available to preach and teach? Exhorting people to read and study without instruction as to how, is not equipping.
The number of times I have been told that a guy did not study the Bible for himself because he simply did not know how – well frankly I have lost count. It is much easier to get a book by a great Christian author or read a commentary or look at the notes in a study Bible, none of which are inspired, than it is to dig in for oneself, especially when one does not know how or where to start.
Things need to change. Things need to change now.