Well, here it goes. My first "blog". Pretty amazing for somebody who is not exactly tech savvy and a big fan of social media. However, at the urging of family, friends, and fellow believers from my previous church ministries, I am venturing into the challenging world of internet style Bible teaching. I have been teaching the Word of God for 45 years, but not like this. Pray for me that I will not end up throwing my laptop out the window in frustration.
During my 15 years of ministry at Cresaptown, MD., and more recently my 18 years of ministry at Marilla, NY, I was accustomed to bringing a message on Bible prophecy one Sunday night each month. I titled these studies Current Events in Light of Bible Prophecy. It was an attempt to relate what I saw on the front pages of the newspaper to the amazing events prophesied in the Bible for the end of this age. So, let us begin.
"The time will come"
Turn to II Timothy 4 and verse 3. "The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers who will turn their ears away from the truth"
Instead of going to a church that preaches the Word of God, people in the end of the age will go to liberal, modernist churches where the pastor tickles their ears with things they want to hear.
Words of Wisdom
In the book of Proverbs we read: “where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety”. All too often, people only ask advice from those who will tell them what they want to hear. They’ve already made a decision, and try frantically to find somebody who will agree with them. That is not seeking wise counsel. Notice, “in the multitude of counselors there is safety”. Get your direction from several respected, mature, godly, experienced Bible-believing Christians. It will indeed keep you “safe” from disastrous decisions.
Having been a pastor-counselor for many years, I can't begin to tell you how many times somebody came into my office wanting me to tell them it was OK for them to go ahead with a divorce, instead of trying to work through their marriage problems. They didn't come to find out what God has to say, they came looking for sympathy and relief from their guilty feelings.
Our little dog "Teddy"
Each morning when I am trying to enjoy my cup of coffee, our dog Teddy jumps up on my lap and waits for his ears to be scratched. And when I rub his ears, he is in dog heaven. If Teddy could talk he would surely be saying, "Man, that feels good"! According to this end-times prophecy here in II Tim. 4:3, that is exactly what people will do--go to some liberal church that makes them feel real good with a bunch of positive psychology and a healthy dose of "You're OK, stop feeling guilty" philosophy.
A Sad Conclusion
Yes, the dearth of good solid Bible teaching is a sign of the times we live in. The number of pastors who preach what people need to hear, and not what people want to hear, is slowly declining. The prophet Amos, in the Old Testament, predicted all of this: "Behold the days are coming, says the Lord God, that I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord, but shall not find it" . Sadly, I can say we have arrived at that point in time. But don't lose heart, dear Christian--Christ's coming is just around the corner.