But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 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. Avoid such people.
(2 Timothy 3:1-5 ESV)
The “god” of many professing Christians in America and much of the western world is a figment of our imagination. But please don’t be alarmed because this is not the God revealed in Scripture. The God of the Bible fills the universe with his power and presence. This new weaker “god” is being embraced by those that have “the appearance of godliness but denying its power.” What power is being denied? It’s the power of the Holy Spirit to heal, change, restore, and to transform the human heart.
When we refuse to take up our cross and follow Jesus we begin to see God as being like us. He becomes a “god” of our own imaginations. This “god” doesn’t make many demands on us and exist for our personal happiness, but not our personal holiness. This imaginary “god” makes very few moral claims on us and doesn’t require discipleship.
The root of this problem is the lack of belief in the authority of the Bible. It is currently being reinterpreted and undermined to fit our sexual desires and materialism. The Church in American is at a crossroads, we will either return to the God of the Bible or continue to follow this false deity – the “god” of our own imagination.