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Feb032013

What is Happening to Our Church?

What is Happening to Our Church?                                                                                                                                                        By Phyllis Wilson

For the last five years I have struggled with the changes that are happening in our church and others like it.  I have tried to understand what was causing churches to go from wonderful, strong congregations that stood out in our community to weak and failing churches.  I have blamed the changes in leadership, the changes in demographics, aging congregations, and a lot of other things.  Today I realize that while these things may play some part, they are not the real problem.  America’s fundamental Churches have fallen victim to our society and its attack on the authority of God’s Word.  I have been reading “Already Gone” by Ken Ham and the Holy Spirit is bearing witness with my spirit regarding the truth of what it says.

  1. We have watered down the truths of Genesis by spiritualizing it.  We are ignorant as Christians as to how to answer false assumptions about the age of the earth and therefore we just say, “Faith”. 
  2. When I was in elementary school, America was still a Christian Nation. About the time I entered High School (the mid 60’s) there began to be an undermining of “truth” as absolute.  Even as a teenager, I saw a dividing of faith and science….of Christianity and what the world called reality.
  3. Today that begins in Pre-School as science programs on television, children’s museums and zoos, children’s books all present the false teachings of science regarding the age of the earth and creation.  Since these truths are fundamental to all other beliefs including those about the authority of the Scriptures, marriage, sanctity of life, fallen man and the need for redemption, this totally undermines foundational Christian beliefs.
  4. It carries on into elementary school and middle school where children are being taught pretty Bible stories at Church but Science as truth (which is in opposition to what the Bible says) in school. Studies show that 90% of fundamental church kids spend 35 to 40 hours a week in a public government school compared to maybe 2 to 6 weeks at most under Bible teachers.
  5. Most of the time spent in Church for Pre-School and Elementary students is spent listening to the Bible presented as stories not history without learning the very fundamentals that would help them know why they believe what they believe and to be able to give an understanding.  By the time they reach high school they have already formed a dichotomy in their belief system with religion being a “spiritual” thing while science teaches truth.  In High School this is re-enforced.  Even if the child stays in Church, his mind has left and it’s just a matter of time until his body follows.
  6. Not only has this affected the church by an exodus of its young folks, it has caused a lethargy that is unbelievable.  We sit in the congregation so defeated that we quench the Holy Spirit.  We have hurts and resentments against each other because the joy of the Lord has gone with our understanding of the authority of God’s Word.   We try in our own ways to have ideas or programs that will fix the problem, and when others don’t jump on board, we criticize and blame.  We think music will fix the problem, or feeding the poor, or having big programs or even soul-winning (which is a commandment) but we gloss over the real problem.
  7. Because of the strong influence of Science, we no longer interpret life by the Bible, but we try to make the Bible fit into the frame work set out by Science.
  8. Even the debate about which version of the Bible is the best has undermined the authority of God’s Word.  The problem is not the fact that the Bible has been translated – the King James was a translation.  The problem is that Satan has used it to cause people to question whether God is actually able to preserve His Word as He has promised.  If he can’t keep the promise to preserve HiHHis Word what else is He unable to do?
  9.  If we as Christians are not able to state why we believe why we believe….if we just cry “Faith”…in a world where Science has become a god….then we are doomed as a Church or other Christian Ministry.

 

  1. We have to equip our people starting with the youngest to the oldest to answer these questions and others that give foundation to their faith.

 

 

  1. Why am I here?
  2. Who is God?
  3. Who is Jesus and why is He the only path to salvation?
  4. Why the Bible and not other Holy Books?
  5. Why should the Bible be the authority in my life when making decisions and moral choices?
  6. Why set boundaries on sexuality and marriage?
  7. If we are decendants of one man and one woman where did all the different races come from?
  8. How does one determine the value of a human life?
  9. Dinosaurs and the Bible – how does that work?
  10. What is wrong with the world (suffering and death) when God supposedly made everything perfect?
  11. How can what is wrong with the world be made right?
  12. Does “Science” disprove or confirm history in the Bible?
  13. Why does the age of the earth really matter to me and my life today?
  14. Why is it important that I believe in a literal 6-day, 24-hour creation?
  15. Did we evolve from ape-like creatures?

What is the answer?

  1. We need to get into the Word as the Authority of our own life first. While other books support it and will teach us, none are to replace it.
  2. We need to take our calling very seriously as parents.  If we give our child every material advantage – music lessons, sports, name brand clothes and technology – if we love them and give them self confidence and a super education – but fail to give teach them that God’s Word is the only truth that we can trust – and give them answers to what we believe and not just platitudes – then we have miserably failed.
  • ·         If we are too complacent to spend time teaching them what we are learning daily from our own encounters with God’s Word, we have failed them.  Even if we invest our very lives to homeschool them , but fail to give them the true worldview based on God’s Word we fail them.
  • ·         If we place them in government run public schools in a nation that is Post-Christian and allow them to be taught falsehoods as fact we have failed them.   If we place them in a Christian School that is Christian in name only and does not equip them with a right worldview than we have failed them.
  • ·         If we put them in a Church that candy coats the Word in Sunday School or Youth Group – if we let them grow up thinking Church is our social outlet or entertainment source, we fail them.  WOW!  What a challenge to raise truly Christian kids in this society.

 

I am not a great theologian – just a Christian who has had lots of questions in the past few years.  I think this weekend I have found some answers as to why….now I plan to try to figure out how.  How can I change the slow decay of my church?  How can I make sure the things I have learned make me a better servant to those I have been called to influence?   

 

Will you take the challenge?  Read “Already Gone” and “Raising Godly Children in an UnGodly World” by Ken Ham.  See what you think?

 

Reader Comments (1)

I agree about our disregard for the authority of the Scriptures. My husband and I were discussing this afternoon how many followers of Christ treat the Word of God like a buffet. Pick out the things you like and ignore the things you don't agree with or make you uncomfortable. The problem goes back to the heart. A heart of rebellion, set on living life their own way. But we should be warned that to choose to do so, it takes us out from under the umbrella of God's protection and blessing. There are consequences for our choices, some we may already be reaping.

February 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSue Davis

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