Are Christians hearing a message that creates a sense of false hope?
Today’s mainline protestant denominations proclaim that God is doing a “New Thing”. That “new thing” is that God’s law no longer applies. If God’s Law is no longer applicable, that “new thing” means that God is no longer a God of judgment.
However, such a proclamation is in direct conflict with scripture. Nowhere in scripture has God done a “new thing” when it is in direct contradiction to His laws and ordinances. The word of God has remained immobile and unchanging for several thousand years. It is important for us to know and understand that God has never contradicted his word. Any change in God’s law has always been instituted by the human element of His creation.
Furthermore, the gospel message of today seems to have taken on a social agenda motivated by politically correct positions. The position of many church leaders these days is that sin is seen as being in the eye of the beholder. They are saying that Church traditions and practices are replaced with that which meets the immediate needs of the individual. They are saying that God’s prophetic word as defined in Scripture can’t tell the individual what is truthful and good. Rather, the individual Christian is encouraged to find one’s own God, a God who makes us feel good. The cumulative effect of such thinking is that God’s word, as recorded in the Bible, often takes a backseat to modern thinking. Such thinking presents a false sense of hope.
Universalism seems to be the popular position of many church leaders these days. A study of most of the mainline protestant denominations will point out that the positions taken by church bishops, pastors, and leaders is that all religions of the world are equal paths to salvation. In the formative years of Christianity, early church fathers soundly denounced such universalism as being contrary to scripture. In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me.”
There are two questions church folks need to ask themselves: What is the truth? Am I hearing a false sense of hope?