Today’s message may be difficult to accept, yet when we look at the world around us we can see this passage of Scripture was correct although Paul wrote it around 63 A.D. The passage speaks of a “time to come” and it appears that time is now. Paul was in prison when he wrote this and he had a great concern for the future of the church.
2 Timothy 4:3-4
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,
4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
Today’s church has done just that. There is a message of ‘easy salvation” rather than a message of repentance. Many teach as acceptable, practices and deeds the Bible speaks clearly against. These messages are usually “feel good” messages, allowing the hearer to feel good about whatever lifestyle they choose. These messages may make one feel good, and may fill the pews and the offering plates, but they do nothing to lead the sinner to repentance. It is not for me, nor anyone to judge another, that is not my job. I am to preach and teach the Bible as written and God will do the rest. The lost will never know they are lost unless they hear the truth. Therefore, fellow pastors, teachers, preachers and all ministers of the Gospel, preach and teach the truth. Do not hate anyone, but hate the sin. Everyone must be welcomed in the church, but it is essential to present the truth not a message tempered to make one feel good. We have been entrusted with a great responsibility to present the Word of God, and to present it accurately. How are we doing?
When George Washington, our first president, and the first congress were sworn in, they immediately when to a small chapel where they knelt in prayer. It is now almost illegal to speak the name of Jesus in public, and public prayers must be of a “generic” nature not to offend anyone. This makes sense from the worldly viewpoint for it is intended to offend no one; however, the gospel is offensive. There is only one way, not a myriad of ways. To practice religion, one can have as many gods as desired. To follow Jesus, there is only one way, and that way is straight and narrow.
In Joshua 24:15 Joshua challenged the Israelites to choose if they would follow God or the pagan gods. That decision is still required today. At the beginning I said this message may be difficult to accept and it becomes more so when we take the time to look closely at that person staring back at us from the mirror. Is that person perfect? If not, that person in the mirror dare not judge anyone else, yet that person is compelled to speak the truth.
Time is short and we need to live as if this could be our last heartbeat for it very well could be. None of us have a promise, or guarantee of tomorrow, only this moment. It is time to decide, for not deciding is to make the decision not to believe. I urge you to decide now. Talk with your pastor or contact me, but get the issue settled at once.