The spiritual world was real to me, even as a child, because of my engagement with the occult. What started out as intrigue and entertainment quickly led to a lifestyle of encounter with the stuff of Hollywood lore. I remember watching a chair slide across the floor and a candle floating off the coffee table. I saw things no one should see.
Jesus said on the Mount of Olives (Matt. 24) that deception would be the primary cultural sign of the last days. Even some of God’s “elect” might be deceived by false theologies. “Good would be called evil and evil good” (Isaiah 5:20). Men would substitute light for darkness and darkness for light. Apostasy would consume churches and denominations that were once solid.
Many contemporary churches have moved far into the field of social activism, oftentimes casting it as “social justice,” based on collectivist ideas and strategies that include the defense of left-leaning causes such as gay rights.
Evangelical churches are among them, and now some Christian leaders are responded with a “Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel.”
“We are deeply concerned that values borrowed from secular culture are currently undermining Scripture in the areas of race and ethnicity, manhood and womanhood, and human sexuality,” declares the statement.
By Geri Ungurean
A baby was being dedicated on the first Sunday we visited the new church. A book was presented to the parents of the baby. The name of the book was Jesus Calling. I had read about this book, and knew that it was very controversial, but I had no idea how wrong this book was for any Christian to be reading.
I know that this article is going to upset many people who have come to love Jesus Calling.
It’s true that the road to destruction is as broad as ever (Matthew 7:13-14). It’s true that many churchgoers are attracted to preachers who tickle their itching ears (2 Timothy 4:3-4). And it’s true that many pastors seem to have an unwritten 11th commandment, “Thou shalt not offend.”