Surely Does Seem to Be Coming True
I have never been more frustrated in my life. And, my case of stress does not improve with the passing of time. It just keeps getting worse. If you are like me, you feel that same way daily. I am frustrated at how much I am failing to “keep up” with reading all that is happening in the 21st century. Although I was never a current events aficionado, it seems there was a time previously when I had a greater grasp of men, events, and national and international news. Today, I can’t keep up with it all.
Sadly, it seems that the news that I do seem to hear from Christian sources is so often not good. The social media, Christian news outlets, and daily news programs are not frequently telling good news about how the world is treating Christian moral positions that were once part of our nation’s foundation. Add to that the many stories about ministers and churches that have either compromised the truth to the point they are ineffective or failed in a moral area that casts doubt in the minds of the “unchurched” as to the veracity of any and all Christians. It is a sad day.
We should not be surprised that this day has come. The Bible tells us to expect this very hour as a part of the final chapter of God’s plan for planet earth. Do you remember these verses….?
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. (1 Timothy 4:1-2).
“Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first” (2 Thessalonians 2:3).
In his book, The Case for Faith, Lee Strobel introduces us to the puzzling life of John Templeton. You’ve probably never heard his name, but Templeton was a contemporary of Billy Graham. In fact, they were both behind an evangelistic crusade in the 1940’s through Europe. A short time later John Templeton pastored a church which soon overflowed it’s 1,200 seat auditorium.
If you look up this man today, you’ll find that his faith is dramatically different from that of the 1940’s and 50’s. Templeton now describes himself as an agnostic. He jettisoned his previous faith due to doubt in God’s very existence. What prompted John Templeton to leave the Christian faith? In his own words: “It was a photograph in Life magazine. It was a picture of a black woman in Northern Africa. They were experiencing a devastating drought. And she was holding her dead baby in her arms and looking up to heaven with the most forlorn expression.
I looked at it and thought. ’Is it possible to believe that there is a loving or caring Creator when all this woman needed was rain.’ How could a loving God do this to that woman? Who runs the rain? ’I don’t; you don’t. He does – or that’s what I thought. But when I saw that photograph, I immediately knew it is not possible for this to happen and for there to be a loving God. There was no way. Who else but a fiend could destroy a baby and virtually kill its mother with agony – when all that was needed was rain?” (Lee Strobel, The Case for Faith, pg.14. Zondervan Publishing House, 2000).
From all appearances, the falling away is rapidly progressing. Are you watching for Jesus?