For the time will come when people 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. (2 Timothy 4:3)
But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. (Jude 17-21)
I recently attended two conferences, which perfectly illustrate the widening gap between sound-doctrine churches and apostate congregations that are rapidly becoming the majority. At least among large, visible churches and ministries. There are still thousands of sound, small churches dotting the American landscape. Yet the glitzy, “celebrity pastor” set has become the face of American Christianity.
The teaching of Bible prophecy has fallen out of favor among highly visible ministries and churches. It is mocked routinely by a wide range of leaders; Brian McLaren and the magazine for Millennial evangelicals, “Relevant,” come to mind. Looking at the trail of mocking jabs “Relevant” has taken at the new “Left Behind” movie makes one wonder what Nicholas Cage ever did to Cameron Strang.
Although Strang, the publisher of “Relevant,” goes silent when people ask him to clarify or document his views on a variety of subjects, his dislike of Dispensationalist, Israel-supporting Christians is dismaying.
And he gets away with it.
Likewise, leaders like McLaren are taking many Americans away from the historic faith. His diatribes against “fundamentalists” and Christian Zionists are chilling.
And he gets away with it.
In short, there is a massive, coordinated effort to take the American Evangelical community hard to the left. And plenty of other commentators have noticed.
At Catalyst Dallas a few weeks ago, I observed contemplative prayer, self-absorbed speakers, and no shortage of pro Palestinian fervor.
At the Mid-America Prophecy Conference in Tulsa recently, I saw plenty of great Bible prophecy teachers and connected with long-time friends, all of who recognize that the Great Apostasy—the Great Falling Away of the faith—is well underway.
Yet the antidote is there for us in Scripture: prayer and reading the Word.