“I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” ( Job 42:2 ESV)
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions” ( 2 Tim. 4:3 ESV)
Post-modernism has so permeated our society and the church, that many are not willing to teach or stand for absolute truth anymore. I have great confidence that none of the purposes of God will be thwarted – His truth will prevail. We have been so inundated with teachings that are contrary to sound Biblical truth, that many are being indoctrinated by a powerless gospel that cast doubt on the validity of Scripture. This man-centered gospel does not have the power to transform the human heart.
As a “recovering sinner” as Dallas Willard puts it, I do not trust my own logic to interpret who God is or to understand His attributes with my mind alone. It is important to look outside ourselves to God’s word to get the right perspective of who He is and how we are to relate to Him. Forming our own spirituality has become quite popular in recent decades, which has resulted in creating ‘gods’ in our own image. Many have rejected the faith because of the weak version of Christianity that has been presented to them. Some reject the faith because they refuse to live by God’s standards that are outside our control. We buy the lie of Satan that we can be lords over our own lives.
The lack of genuine discipleship in our rational and materialistic culture has been a legitimate problem. The American version of Christianity has produced many Church members but few disciples. I am encouraged that we are in a season where some in the Church are returning to Biblical teachings on character, prayer and mediation, sound doctrine, and Holy Spirit power.