see churches falling away form the truth of the Bible
Everywhere we look, we see that
the churches are increasingly falling away from the truth of the Bible and
following their own wisdom. They are departing from the rules of the Bible and
developing their own rules. Also, we see that there are very few in the
churches who are concerned about the faithfulness of their church or
their own doctrines. There may be concern that "those liberal
churches" are unfaithful to God or that this "cult" is bad. However,
we do not see individuals looking at and analyzing their own doctrinal
positions or the positions of their church. In many churches, effectively, the
confessions are the highest authority. The confessions have been around so long
the church leaders will not change them. Any new idea is tested against the
confessions rather than the Bible. If the idea does not square with what the
church believes or the confessions, it is rejected.
A few believers in a church may
get nervous and speak with their pastor or an elder, but their suggestions do
not have much impact. In fact, these people will probably find that their
church continues to depart further in doctrine and practice from the truths of
If we honestly examine our own
church or the churches in general, we find many areas in which the truths of
the Bible have been set aside. If we had made the same examination 50 or 100
years ago, we would have to conclude that most of the churches then were much
more faithful. Here are a sampling of areas in which the churches have departed
from the Bible. A careful examination could add many more items to this list.
(a) Divorce and remarriage. The Bible clearly commands that
the wife is bound to her husband until death (I Corinthians 7:39, Romans
7:1-3). Therefore, there is not to be divorce and remarriage. Passages like
Matthew 5:32 and 19:9 are being used to teach that divorce and remarriage are
permissible. However, a careful study of the Bible shows that this is not the
case. The church traditionally has correctly understood this, but in the last
50 years, this rule has been completely set aside, so that the divorce rate is
as high in the churches as in the secular world. Virtually every denomination
has made provision for divorce, and the result of this has been great damage
upon society. There are broken homes, mixed-up children, single parents, etc.
However, no denomination is
dealing with the root problem, namely, how can we stop the divorce plague and
return to the sanctity of marriage? The solution is to go back to the Biblical
rules of no divorce and remarriage, but we do not see this happening. (For more
information about the Biblical rules for marriage, please contact Family Radio
and ask for the booklet, "What God Hath Joined Together.")
(b) Sunday Sabbath. God has established Sunday as
the New Testament Sabbath day. It is the Lord's Day, a day to be used entirely
for the things of the Lord. It is a day for worship, evangelizing, training our
children in the things of the Lord, Bible study, visiting those who need
encouragement, etc. The churches have historically kept this day exclusively for
the Lord's things. They may not have fully understood the Sunday Sabbath, and
confused it with the seventh-day Sabbath of the Old Testament, but
nevertheless, it was kept pretty much according to the Bible. However, in the
past 50 years, this day has been turned into a day of pleasure, a day for our
pleasure, and not for God's pleasure. God warned about this in Isaiah 58:13-14.
Virtually every church has departed from God in this area. (For a detailed
explanation of the Bible verses that explain the Sunday Sabbath, please contact
Family Radio and request the booklet, "Sunday: The Sabbath.")
(c) Gospels of signs and wonders. In
the past 50 years, the churches that feature "tongues" as described
in I Corinthians Chapters 12, 13, and 14 have increased enormously, to the
point that almost every denomination has been impacted. Tongues are frequently
a part of those churches that are the fastest growing in our day, and it is
very difficult to find pastors who will say definitively that this is not from
God. Tongues are a world-wide phenomenon, showing up in the fastest growing
churches worldwide. In addition to tongues, many of these churches also feature
other kinds of miracles, including the miracle called "falling down
However, God completed His divine
revelation when He completed the last chapter of the last book of the Bible. In
Revelation 22:18-19, God indicates that there is not to be any addition or
removal from this "book." The "book" in view can be only
the Bible (Revelation 22:9-10, Hebrews 10:7). Therefore, once the Bible was
completed in approximately A.D. 95, that ended all divine revelation. This
means that the phenomenon of speaking in tongues in the church at Corinth would
have ended. And of course, the other signs and wonders that occurred during
Bible days would have ended.
However, mankind by nature is not
satisfied with the Gospel of just trusting the Bible, he seeks something more,
something such as a miraculous message from God. God will not accommodate this
desire, but Satan, as he is seated (his rulership) in the corporate church
body, will provide supernatural messages (II Corinthians 11:13-14, II
Thessalonians 2:1-4). God warns that one of the signs that we are near the end
is the appearance of these false christs coming with gospels of signs and
wonders (Matthew 24:24). We will cover this subject in much more detail later
on this study.
(d) Rulership and the place of women in the church. Women's
place in the church is another example of the decision by the church to change
God's law to suit man's ideas. There is tremendous pressure to accept women in
the pulpit and allow women to rule and have authority in the church. This is
absolutely contrary to the law of God (I Corinthians 14:34, I Timothy 2:12).
God has given strict rules regarding the leadership in the church (I Timothy
3). Not only must the leaders be men, but they must be married with children,
giving evidence that they can rule their own home. Also, many other
qualifications are given for these rulers. Therefore, most men do not qualify
for leadership, and yet, churches today are appointing single men and married
men without children. This, the churches have chosen to go their own way and to
disregard God's law.
(e) Music. For hundreds of years, the church was blessed
by Godly Christian music in which both the words and the music were God
glorifying. The words of the music expressed important spiritual principles.
These words helped encourage believers in the truths of the Bible. As believers
would think about these words, they would be built up in the Word of God.
However, today, it is different. There is much less substance to the words
today. Often times anthems are sung that just repeat short phrases. These
phrases tend to be very shallow in spiritual content. Also, the sound is
patterned after the music of the world. Very often worldly music is chosen,
such as rock-and-roll, and just the words are changed to words from the Bible.
One has difficulty telling the music of the world from the contemporary
Christian music since it is difficult to understand the words. The Christian
music effectively has become the music of the world because you cannot tell the
However, the Bible indicates that music is
associated with worship and should reflect the holy nature of God. In both the
Old Testament and the New Testament, the word "worship" identifies
with bowing down. That is, when we worship God, we are bowing down before God,
we are acknowledging His rulership over us. We are showing that we should
be trembling before God because He is holy God. This is the proper setting for
the music of the church. Christian music should reflect the holy nature of God.
It should be music thatreflects the idea of "bowing down" before God,
the idea that God is His eternal majesty who is to be feared and held in awe.
The music of the church through the ages has generally reflected this in both
its lyrics and melodies. However, today the music of the church is closely
patterned after that of the world.
(f) Salvation is by grace alone. The law of God has been changed
in that it is widely taught that salvation is not altogether dependent on God's
grace alone. It is taught that God has provided for the salvation of every
individual in the human race and that salvation thus depends upon man to be the
decision maker. Of his own free will, some say, man can accept or reject
salvation. Thus, salvation ultimately would be a joining of Christ's work on
the cross and man's work in accepting Christ, both, it is taught, would have
contributed to the individual's salvation.
perverse teaching disregards all kinds of laws of the Bible. No recognition is
given to the Bible's teaching that man is spiritually dead and has no desire to
seek God (Ephesians 2:1-5, Romans 3:10-11). It denies the truth that Christ
went to the cross to save His people
from their sins (Matthew 1:21), and the rest of the world will be destroyed on
the final day of judgment. This teaching fails to face statements such as
Revelation 17:8, which teaches that only some people have their names written
in the book of life from before the foundation of the world.
Moreover, the Bible tells us to believe on
the Lord Jesus Christ, that is, we are to trust Him for all that He has done
for our salvation, and that includes the fact that from before the foundation
of the world, God chose those whom He would save, and therefore, He has
obligated Himself to save those whom He has chosen (Ephesians 1:4-10).
Those, however, who believe that man has a
free will to choose salvation, effectively are indicating that they do not
trust Christ to save them in His time and in His manner. They want a salvation
in which they, themselves, are the guarantor, that is, they can become saved
any time they wish by simply reaching out and accepting Christ. In this way,
they do not have to wait for God to act. Thus, effectively, they do not trust
God at all. But if they do not trust Christ who is eternal God then they are
not saved, for they do not believe on Him. The result of God saving us is that
we believe on Him, our will has been broken, and we trust everything in the
Bible that God has declared concerning salvation.