Highway of Destruction
Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
Change—the clamor of the day is fixed on this duplicitous theme, belying its damaging design. This is not the transformation of a repentant country turned from her wicked ways but a modern-day revolution of a proud people, “wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight,” unwittingly destroying the future of this country by propagating extreme social, political, or spiritual shifts that plainly disregard the Word of God and negate the Biblical principles on which America was founded. God’s people, in Proverbs 24:21, are instructed to “meddle not with them that are given to change.” For in the end, this change will not have been an avenue for spiritual revival but a highway of destruction for the nation as well as for the work of the Lord.
Though I am opposed to particular changes in our government—its revisionary perspective of history and the redefining of America and the faith of our Founding Fathers, among other concerns—what especially troubles me is the change I see in our Bible-believing churches across the country. It seems as if the fastest-growing churches are those ministries that are given to change, a predominant parallel being the replacing of “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” with rock-and-roll music. This begs the question: Why should someone waste his time at the house of God when he can frequent a nightclub or some other seedy venue and revel in the same experience? The music in our churches is changing; it is becoming a watered-down, second-generation copy of what the world generates.
The preaching of God’s Word is also being redefined. So much of what is being preached from behind that sacred desk, it seems, is condensed into brief sound bites or spurts of positive thoughts to amuse or placate a weak generation. Why have we allowed the world to determine the message? What has happened to following examples set by John the Baptist, the Apostle Paul, Elijah, Elisha, and the greatest example of all, our Lord Who identified sin and corruption and even named the scribes and Pharisees for what they were—“hypocrites… like unto whited sepulchers.”?
I have also witnessed churches taking neo-evangelical materials and then trying to “fundamentalize” the philosophies from them, claiming that the ideas are part of the old-time religion. It is not possible. In Acts 4:20, we read: “For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” I would imagine that there is a small amount of “good,” marginally reusable garbage in my trash can; but I will not go foraging in there for my next meal. I challenge Christians who are rummaging through neo-evangelical materials for ministry resources to stop immediately.
A nation is not saved from destruction by people of God compromising or churches adapting to appease the world but rather by staying true to the Lord, preaching His Word, and remaining “instant in season, out of season.” Across America, to serve in the Lord’s harvest field might be “out of season” as many actively seek empty alternatives to living for and serving Him. This is nothing new. Mankind has always tried to discredit or mar the truth, yet God has always had a witness. Church family and friends of the North Valley Baptist Church, fellow preachers, and people of like faith and practice—continue staying true to the old-time religion. May the only change we seek in our lives in 2010 be the strengthening of our personal walk with God, our love for our families and compassion for others, and our service to Him in our New Testament local churches.
I truly believe that the greatest days for the work of Christ are yet ahead, if He should tarry in His coming. Thank you for being my dear friends and for being an encouragement to me. Thank you for loving your pastor and the church here. God bless you.