Howard Green: Embracing the Spirit of the Age

I’m amazed how rapidly our technology has advanced. It wasn’t that long ago when we had to unfurl a large paper map just to see which exit to take so we could get to our destination. Now we are guided by satellite with almost pinpoint precision everywhere we need to go. If you miss your turn, the navigation system automatically initiates a course correction. If you don’t follow the course correction, the device will continue to suggest a U-turn at the closest intersection. If you continue to ignore the course corrections, the route to your destination is changed and an alternate way is suggested. This driving scenario is not unlike what is taking place inside many churches today. A growing number of fellowships are following the course of this world despite repeated warnings to change direction. This is what happens when the church begins embracing the spirit of the age.

Ephesians 2:1-3 The term spirit of the age has been referred to in many ways in years past. You may hear it called the spirit of the age, the spirit of the world, or the course of this world in Ephesians 2:1-7. This worldly trajectory is referred to as the course of this world because there is a direction the world is heading toward. That direction is away from redemption and speeding toward destruction.Moreover, the world is not only headed in a wrong direction, they are being led there by the prince of the power of the air who is Satan of course. The church which is made up of a remnant of true followers of Jesus worldwide are not following Satan or the course of the world.

Unfortunately, there are many other people inside the local church who aren’t following Jesus, they claim to be but they are following a different Jesus. Many of these people gather in and around the church to feel better about themselves. Oftentimes they do feel better because the pastors are soothing their itching ears. These pastors and teachers are so determined to gain, entertain, and retain the crowd that they will dilute the word of God down to a pep talk to suit the passions and desires of their listeners. Tell the people what they want to hear and play to the ‘me centeredness’ of our day and you will grow your flock. Now we have clowns entertaining the goats as Spurgeon said. Crude speech, theatrics, and pandering to the world were once the exception but now it’s widely accepted. This departure from the faith and embracing the spirit of the age is epidemic in many once evangelical churches. Notice in the verse below that the end result is they turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

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Source: Christian Post