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June 7, 2017
June 6, 2017, 11:07 AM

“Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.”  2 Peter 2:1-3

     The passage above is one we have discussed recently during Wednesday night study.  The passage very clearly describes our current culture.  We seem to have lost sight of the importance of truth in our society.  There is no substitute for the message of God's Word.  However, God's Word is deemed very offensive to our postmodern society.  The trend seems to be two-fold.  Some believe God's word to be too harsh for our “intellectual” standards and choose to make man-made corrections while others choose to have nothing at all to do with the Bible.  We see it, hear it and experience it every day as more and more seem to be content with following shameful ways.
     How did we get here?  How did we find ourselves in such a mess?  It has happened in small increments over a long period.  The enemy has always worked that way.  He is subtle, sneaky and constantly trying to fill our minds with doubt.  Over time, we have consistently fallen for the same tricks that we read about in Genesis.  Christians continue to face a tough battle.  We are certainly experiencing a time when the “way of truth has been brought into disrepute”.  The question still remains … why?  One of the main reasons lies at the heart of preaching.  Do you remember the preaching of days gone by?  There was a time when preaching was straight from the Word without the sprinkling of personal opinion and “seeker-friendly” topics.  The message of God's Word is not, as many desire to believe, designed to make us feel good about ourselves but to point out the areas in life that hinder our relationship/fellowship with God.  Then, the Holy Spirit convicts us toward confession and repentance so that we can once again grow closer in our walk with Him.
     The Bible is certainly not very popular today and neither are churches that hold fast to Biblical teaching.  The distinction is and will continue to be growing ever so quickly between the Church and familiar substitutes.  My prayer is that we commit to study God's Word, preach God's Word, teach God's Word, hold the Bible as the authority that it is and strive to live each day accordingly.  God's Word is truth regardless of the attitude of our culture.  May God's blessings be yours in abundance as you desire to share truth in a dark world!
                                                                                                                           We love you,
                                                                                                                           Brad and Virginia