Warning! The Foundation of Modern Western Christianity is Weak!
“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.” Luke 6:46-49
I am putting out this warning to all who will listen. Please don’t shrug this off or think that this doesn’t apply to you. Anyone who has been a convert to Christianity in this western culture is very likely to have a foundation that is weak and that will not stand firm when the storm and flooding comes, but will collapse.
We have been spoiled in our society for a long time now, but it will not last forever and it could change quickly. The storm could come in the form of persecution, or maybe war, or economic hardship.
I am not referring to the foundation of the Christian organizations. I am talking about the foundation of individual Christians who have been influenced or raised by modern western Christianity.
In the verse quoted above from Luke 6, Jesus offers the solution for having a weak foundation that I want to emphasize from the start, and that is, to go to Him, hear the truth that He has established, and then align your life and put into practice these truths. This requires that Christians must spend the time to go to Him and hear what He has spoken. We must take the time to seek His face and know His voice. We must read and study the Bible, His words, and meditate on their meaning, and work to establish the associated truths in our life in the way that we act and the way that we think. This work of studying the Scriptures must be done prayerfully, communicating with the Holy Spirit, and looking to Him for clarity and guidance.
It is my observation that this work of studying the Scriptures is not being done by Christians. Instead, they want someone else to spoon feed them. Not that it is wrong to listen to Christian teachers or preachers, but it is wrong if this is all that we listen to, to the exclusion of directly hearing from the Lord and studying the Bible ourselves. It is obvious that Christians don’t know the truths of God’s word because, if they did, the western Christian churches would not be in the state that they are in.
Let’s look at some of the fruits of today’s western Christianity to see if you agree with my observation of its current state. Regarding individual Christians and their fruit, remember that in order for Christians to continue in their Christian organizations and activities they must clean up their exterior actions to be acceptable, it is the interior, unseen sins that they allow to continue in their lives. Therefore, we won’t see as much of those readily apparent sins like alcohol or drug abuse, rape, theft, murder, profanity, verbal abuse, etc., being an issue, but it is the hidden, or less visible and more socially acceptable sins that are the real proof. Jesus pointed out this same condition in the religious sect of His time called the Pharisees:
“Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe to you Scribes and Pharisees, Hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are fill of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” Matt. 23:25-28
I have read that the percentage of Christian men who are involved in pornography is very high, even among ministers and church leaders. With the simple access and privacy of the internet, this sin is too easy for Christians to participate in under the radar, undetected by other Christians. I have come across a number of Christians with this problem, enough to confirm that the high percentage suggested is true. In a similar area of sexual immorality, there is apparently a large number of Christians involved in adulterous relationships. I wonder too, since so many people in our society are involved in extra marital sex, how much of this has infiltrated the Christian community. Regardless, I see a large “red flag” indicating bad fruit in this area of sexual immorality and promiscuity, indicating that there are deeper issues with the foundation that are the source of the problem.
Another area of concern and clear indication of the existence of bad fruit in the Christian churches of the west is the rampant occurrences of divisions and strife that are rooted in envy, jealousy and other carnal causes. Chances are high that if you have been a member of a Western church for any length of time that you experienced a church split. Of course, these Christians say that these types of division are a part of life and a part of living in the real world, but this is not true; these displays of carnal fruits should not be part of the Christian church.
I believe that some church splits have righteous roots based on a need to come out of a bad ministry that becomes apparent after some time of involvement. This is different. I am speaking about the contentious and strife riddled situations that are obviously carnal in nature and driven by pride, envy, jealously, etc.
I am also concerned about what I see as an unhealthy number of Christians who are depressed or disillusioned with their life in Christ. Many are on anti-depression medication to deal with it. I can understand that these situations may exist if individuals have developed conditions while in the world, before coming to Christ, that requires medication to remedy. As Christians though, we have the means to be anxiety free, and should be displaying the fruits of the Spirit that will eliminate the root cause of these negative conditions that require medication. I am convinced that the high number of depressed and disillusioned Christians is a result of a root foundation problem with modern western Christianity.
I must also mention the display of bad fruit in these modern western churches who are applying worldly methods to their ministries. They are measuring success by the number of people who are involved in their ministry, apparently not considering the quality of these people. I see a clear indication in the Scriptures that the Lord desires quality and does not see success as a result of increases in quantity. Yes, the Scriptures have stated that it is God’s desire to have all men come to the knowledge of the truth, but success is not measured by the number of people that come to a Sunday meeting. Success should be measured by the number of “fruit bearing”, mature Christians that a ministry has produced. Instead, I am seeing the use of worldly methods that sacrifice maturity to achieve numbers. Is this not the main reason that churches are focused on entertainment to attract people to their services? Or the mega church approach that uses large, fancy buildings with coffee café’s and large campuses to attract people? Churches seem to be more concerned about appearances, i.e. looking “cool”, than the quality of their message and the effectiveness of their discipleship. They seem to go out of their way to not offend anyone by telling them the whole Gospel message as revealed in the Scriptures. Instead they candy coat the message with emphasizing the “positive” and “blessing” part, and not mentioning judgment, dying to the flesh, taking up the cross, or any other negative, but necessary parts of the message.
I am appalled that some ministries are focused on material gain, wealth, prosperity and worldly possessions. These ministries suggest that your life should be free of hardship and problems, and if it is not, there must be something wrong with your faith. This view is not scriptural, but is erroneous, again, using parts of the truth and omitting other critical parts. If Christians were reading and studying God’s word and in tune with the Holy Spirit, these types of ministries would not survive.
Likewise, the message of Christian dominance in our society or “Kingdom Now” is erroneous and not in line with the Word of God. Any approach that places a Christian’s focus on this world and not on our future place in heaven is fatally flawed and will cause the foundation to collapse when the flood waters rise.
I must also question the motive and wisdom of those Christian ministries who have placed their focus on manifestations of the Spirit, i.e., on miracles, or healings, or angels appearing, or whatever else is considered a physical display of the Spirit. I am very supportive of miracles and healings, but I do not think that it should be the focus of a ministry, but rather, it should be a matter of course as a ministry is going about doing the work of spreading the truth of the Gospel message and making fruit bearing disciples. If the motive and goal of the ministry is to build a strong “house” of “gold, silver and precious stones” rather than “wood, hay and stubble” on a solid foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, than the focus on miracles is not the best approach. Consider that of the ten lepers that Jesus healed, only one returned to thank Him, and that all the miracles that were shown to the children of Israel when departing Egypt were ineffective in giving them the faith they needed; instead they fell in the desert due to unbelief.
My main point here is that if you look at the general condition of most of the modern western church you know in your heart that most of them will not fare well when the flood waters rise and put pressure on their foundation. If increased persecution would come to the west, like there is in many other parts of the world, many would be overcome, with their foundation failing and their building collapsing.
I recently read a letter written by Corrie Ten Boom, who was a survivor of the Nazi concentration camp. She and her sister were Christians who had helped a Jewish family and therefore were sent to the camp. Her sister died there but Corrie persevered as the only Christian in the camp and survived, and continued afterwards as a Christian minister preaching the Gospel around the world. The letter was written in 1974 and was a warning to Western Christianity at that time that they were not prepared for the persecution that was coming and had already started in many parts of the world that she had experienced firsthand. If anything, our circumstances have worsened with regards to our preparedness. Corrie had related how Christian leaders in the areas where persecution had begun, like in Asia and Africa, were remorseful that they had not prepared their congregations for the hardships that awaited them. Instead, they were telling them that no hardship would come to them, and that Jesus would come and take them up in the rapture before any tribulation would come upon them.
I will say again that we have been very much protected and spoiled in our materialistic and pampered society. Many of us do not know real suffering or persecution. All of this can change drastically very quickly. We need to be prepared. As I said earlier, the main part of the solution is to get into the Bible and find out for ourselves the powerful message of the Gospel and use it to find strength now in preparation for the needs of the future. Please heed these words.
Here is a portion of Corrie Ten Boom’s letter, with her advice to remedy our unpreparedness:
“How can we get ready for the persecution? First we need to feed on the word of God, digest it, make it a part of our being. This will mean disciplined Bible study each day as we not only memorize long passages of scripture, but put the principles to work in our lives. Next we need to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Not just the Jesus of yesterday, the Jesus of History, but the life-changing Jesus of today who is still alive and sitting at the right hand of God.
We must be filled with the Holy Spirit. This is no optional command of the Bible, it is absolutely necessary. Those earthly disciples could never have stood up under the persecution of the Jews and Romans had they not waited for Pentecost. Each of us needs our own personal Pentecost, the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We will never be able to stand in the tribulation without it.
In the coming persecution we must be ready to help each other and encourage each other. But we must not wait until the tribulation comes before starting. The fruit of the Spirit should be the dominant force of every Christian’s life.
Many are fearful of the coming tribulation, they want to run. I, too, am a little bit afraid when I think that after all my eighty years, including the horrible Nazi concentration camp, that I might have to
go through the tribulation also. But then I read the Bible and I am glad.
When I am weak, then I shall be strong, the Bible says. Betsy and I were prisoners for the Lord, we were so weak, but we got power because the Holy Spirit was on us. That mighty inner strengthening of the Holy Spirit helped us through. No, you will not be strong in yourself when the tribulation comes. Rather, you will be strong in the power of Him who will not forsake you. For seventy-six years I have known the Lord Jesus and not once has He ever left me, or let me down.
“Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him”, for I know that to all who overcome, He shall give the crown of life. Hallelujah!” From “ESCAPE TRIBULATION? -WRONG!”-Corrie Ten Boom 1974
For now, absorb this. In the future I would like to write more about the issues I see with the Gospel message and how we need to repair the foundation so it will stand firm when the flood waters begin to pound against it.