“For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power…” 2 Timothy 3:1-5
In times past, it seemed that the church informed the culture. The church had a voice in the society and the conduct of the average man. In the present day, the ways of the culture are attempting to inform the seemingly antiquated ways of the Christian church.
In the past month, I have encountered three societal issues which are knocking on the door of the church. The Supreme Court of the United States redefinition of marriage has challenges the traditional biblical definition. The public gender change of a well-known Olympian has affirmed society’s belief that gender is arbitrary and solely a self-designated characterization. A cyber-attack on a website has exposed the seediness of service to facilitate affairs between marriage persons.
Each of these issue are challenging the decision making model of the church. Each are standing in opposition to sound biblical teaching. Each are invading the conversations of our youth and adults and endeavoring to change the truth for a lie.
As the body of Christ we ought not to be surprised. Scripture clearly forewarns each Christian of this phenomenon. Furthermore, we ought not to be shocked for the enemy’s modus operandi… the enemy’s master plan is always to divert one from God. What we are seeing in the world today is not the beginning of a new conversation but the endgame of Satan's conversation in the garden.