Falling away, or ‘Laodicea, Here We Come’

There was a CNN story the other day, citing a survey whose findings were that the United States is a “less Christian” nation, and that people were now more likely to say than ever before that they had NO religious beliefs.  I question this, but not because I think the numbers of professing Christians are too low (seven of every ten), but because I have a feeling they’re too high — and have always been.

The scary thing is how many people out there are describing themselves as Christian without any real knowledge of what it means to be a Christian.  The early believers were given that name because their lives were centered on Jesus Christ.  They were the “Christ-ones”.  They were the believers of Berea, who “received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so [what Paul taught about Jesus]” (Acts 17).

Another story in the Christian Science Monitor said it even more strongly:  Western Christianity is about to complete pushing itself over the cliff.  While he’s right about all too much, I don’t agree with all the author’s conclusions.  For one, I think independent bible-teaching churches will continue to do well and likely even grow, as people who are fed up with the mainstream denominations’ continuing apostasy will look for places where God’s word is taught without politics or hidden agenda and Jesus is glorified and not the church building or the pastor.

Jesus and St. Paul have both taught that as we get closer to the End Times, the church would contract and those who were only nominally Christians would siphon off into the world:

“And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” (Matthew 24:10-12)

“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that as God he sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God […]” (2 Thes. 2:1-12 – KJV)

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their consciences seared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth” (1 Tim. 4:1-3 -KJV)

There have always been those at least apparently in the Church who were there because it was expected of them or because they thought they should and even some who “think” they believe who weren’t really saved.  We tend to call them hypocrites. [Did you know that the Greek word “hypocrite” was their word for “actor”?]  What’s now happening is that the masks are coming off as the world becomes more open in accepting those who have no faith and people can stop pretending to be what they aren’t.  The process is really just beginning.

Next stop, Laodicea.

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4 thoughts on “Falling away, or ‘Laodicea, Here We Come’

  1. Frogga says:

    I agree with you and I would go even further. I would say that anyone who says they are a Christian and yet can walk past a poor beggar on the street without feeling at least a pang of guilt; or ignores a mentally disturbed person within the Church without at least wanting to put something in place to assist such people; or is so concentrated on their own specialness that they ignore or mistreat those that are more spiritually blessed and that have an actual mission from God; or who cries for justice but makes no effort to ensure that it is carried out; or who blasphemes God’s name in an effort to remain cool; or who doesn’t feel that they should be speaking about Christ to their friends; or who cries for mercy when they offer no mercy themselves; or who block the efforts of those that are trying to make a difference in Christ’s name; or who have affairs whilst they are married in the knowledge that they are only human after all, and God will understand; or who teaches that the commandments are no longer current or expected of us; or who prays to God as though He were someone to be jollied along; or prays to God as though He were at their command and gets angry if He doesn’t answer a prayer.

    These people and all who go astray from the commands and won’t listen to the Bible are in effect falling into apostasy. And who will save them. Where are the prophets to tell them that they are going astray? They are silenced and called crazy and sent packing out of the Churches. Nobody wants to know anymore. The only accepted prophets seem to be those who are giving personal messages that suit the needs of the person in question. Nothing Biblical comes out of their mouths it seems. Just like going to a clarivoyant, only they come in the guise of Christians. Wolf in Sheeps clothing so to speak. They are actually teaching people to become prophets in many large charismatic churches these days, and I don’t remember reading that prophets need to be taught anywhere in the Bible!!!

    God help us through these times and please send us some prophets of the Old Testament variety to shake up those who have fallen asleep! And then open our ears so that we can hear them. Amen!

  2. Janet Aldrich says:

    About the modern-day “prophets”: My pastor has said that when someone tells him “I have a word for you from the Lord”, he says “Great! Tell me where I can find it in the Scriptures!”.

    Whenever I hear someone come up with a “new revelation”, whether it’s a “name it, claim it” type or the UCC’s infamous “God is still speaking” campaign, I feel a check in the Spirit — it usually means someone wants to do something that can’t be clearly supported by Scripture, so they make up their own to get around the roadblocks.

  3. Frogga says:

    I hear you sister! I hope that many people read your blog. We need so badly to hear the truth about God these days.

    God wants a HOLY people. Christ came so that He could build up a HOLY people for God – the Church, the Body of Christ. Not a new age money making machine that picks out bits and pieces of the Bible to suit their agendas, and as you say, if there is nothing there to suit, they make it up!!!

    God, please help us…

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