by Meg@bluffparkbaptist.org | Thursday, September 21, 2017
In the last couple of weeks we have seen some things that bring to mind Biblical warnings about the “end of times”. We have seen two hurricanes wreak havoc from Texas to Florida, huge fires burning in the west, earthquakes that took lives, and even rumors of war with North Korea. If you read Matthew 24:4-8 these things will frighten you.
But we must also take into account Luke 17:26-30 when we are warned about the state of the world in Noah’s time and Lot’s time. In those times we see so much wickedness, so much evil. We spend a lot of time deciphering the particular sins and comparing that to what is going on around us; and we should. But to me, it is not just what is present in those times, but what is absent. What is missing is people seeking God. In both situations only one person was found that was worshipping God and seeking to do what was right in the eyes of the Lord.
So when I look for “signs” of the end times I don’t just look at our nation and I don’t just look at the sin that is in the world. I look around the world and I look for the sin within the church. You see, as long as there are Godly people banding together, standing on the bare truth of God’s word and opposing the lies of Satan I believe God will withhold His judgment. Let me say it like this: It isn’t the condition of the world that scares me; it is the condition of the church.
So am I worried? Sure. I see a lot of motivational speakers using the Bible to justify a gospel of prosperity and attracting so many people who seek God for what he will do for them. I see churches where the music appeals to the sensual nature and the message of God’s word has moved from repentance and confession to God’s love and acceptance of “who you are”. The verse that causes me to fear for the world is addressed to a young preacher and it is a warning about the condition of the church, not the world. “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth. (2 Timothy 4:3-4 NIV)
I'm thankful that there are still many, many churches filled with Christians (and I believe ours is among that number) that feel as Paul did when he stated in Galatians 6:14, “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world”. Those Christians give me hope. Be those Christians.