April 2, 2015 (CrisisMagazine.com) -- When was the last time anyone heard a sermon that condemned the evils of fornication, or adultery, or cohabitation, or divorce, or bearing children outside wedlock (let alone homosexuality)? Controlling these sins is a core Christian value. At one time a preacher could be expected to devote extended attention to these sins. And he could be expected to condemn them unequivocally. Yet today, even as the social and economic fallout from precisely these practices becomes ever more glaring and serious, pastors and priests seem ever more determined to avoid discussing them.
Of course, the dowdy old parson long ago became the stuff of caricature, ranting on about unspecified ‚Äúwickedness.‚ÄĚ And since no pastor wants to be seen as old-fashioned, and most want to be modern and appeal to the ubiquitous cult of youth, one never hears much today about the sins of illicit...
Chris Perver wrote: These are the symptoms of a sick society. A doctor can treat symptoms, but that doesn't deal with the heart of the problem. We need to preach the gospel, morality will follow that.
Chris I read your post last evening. I am familiar with you from your posts and website. I agree the gospel is necessary for unbelievers. I also know the preaching of it is meant for the edification of the saints. I am the mother of sons and came across a sermon good for young men and old, young women and old. It was directed toward the youth in the Church. The minister is also from N. Ireland. For your and any listeners' edification http://www.sermonaudio.com/playpopup.asp?SID=3251591582
SF from TX wrote: Will christianity survive? Of course. Christian Marraiages? That's a different story.
I agree sister, Christianity will survive, but the Christian family is questionable. Now I personally blame men for allowing and encouraging women to become sex objects, etc. instead of what the Lord designed them to be. The church is just as guilty as the world for allowing this to occur. They were convinced that to speak out was judgmental and unloving. Feminism is something that a carnal man wanted and of course women obliged. It gave women unnatural power in our society. And that is something that carnal women crave; just like Eve did in the Garden.
great comments! this is one way Christ purifies His church, through persecution, the goats flee at the taste of inconvenience. maybe we all will eventually be moving to home churches?, athough many home churches are also faddish and imitating the larger mainstream. But God is good and has a plan for the continuing of the gospel! Until the last that belong to Him are brought in. Not a one will be missing when He's done. This is why I'm careful in asking for Christ's return. There are still more to be brought in. Each has a place at the table.
I really appreciated and agree with all of the below thoughts. But, I am simply going to say; it has and will survive anything. Nothing or no one is stronger than our Lord and Savior and His love for His brethren. Sin no longer has power over any of us. Amen
Psalm 36:1The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.
2 For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.
3 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good.
4 He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.
Psalm 10:11 He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.
13 Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.
Psalm 50:21 These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.
The problem is there they have no fear of God and they have redefined the God of the Bible to one of their own making who winks at sin and whose law is flexible. May God give us grace to practice the truth of Scripture that reminds us that we are to pursue holiness because without it no man shall see the Lord.
II Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God
Yes, preach the gospel, and pray for the harvest. But , truly this spinning world will head for destruction. Only the gospel saves, the God of heaven shapes our hearts and convicts us of sin. The problem is we've become a political party as opposed to presenting Christ, redeemed by his blood, and having peace with God. I pray we can stand fast from the coming storm. God bless.