“The chief danger that confronts the coming century will be 1religion without the Holy Ghost, 2Christianity without Christ, 3forgiveness without repentance, 4salvation without regeneration, 5politics without God, 6heaven without hell.”
This is a quote from William Booth at the turn of the 20th century. William Booth and his wife founded the Salvation Army in 1878. If you examine his words closely, he is referring to the church. Let’s take it one section at a time:
1)Many, formerly strong spirit filled churches are drawing away from the Holy Spirit today because people say they are uncomfortable with it. To retain people, the Holy Spirit is replaced with entertainment.
2)Jesus is to be our example but some in the church have turned from His ways because society says it’s hateful so they have church according to their own commandments not Christ’s.
3)People want forgiveness without turning away from that which they seek forgiveness for.
4)Some are wanting the newness of life and assurance of salvation while continuing to live like the old creature they always were requiring absolutely no change on their part.
5)We eliminate God from politics when we stop electing God-fearing politicians. Many in the church seem to throw their Christian values away when they enter the polling booth.
6)Some pastors are preaching that a loving God wouldn’t send someone to hell instead of teaching that it’s not up to God – it’s a choice we make by the way we chose to believe and live. Some preachers fail to teach that hell is very real.
Has the church compromised? Has the church conformed to the world’s standards? Has it adopted easy believism or in other words wanting salvation without any subsequent change? Individually we must answer for ourselves and then as a church collectively. As an enlisted soldier in God’s army, let this be our pledge – “I proudly pledge to support and defend the Bible (God’s Word) against all enemies and to bear true faith and allegiance to the same so help me God!
17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT)