Dancing with Wolves

January 25, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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In day and time that we live, it seems like the eyes of the church have dimmed and its resolve has ebbed. It seems like we have dropped our guard, slid down the slope, and lowered our standards to the point that they’re already met. We’ve laid down our truth, our history, and the thousands of years of strong, steadfast, examples in favor of one shot, quick flash, celebrities and watery pastors. All of this in the name of “hope” and “reaching out” to the lost.

The scriptures talk about things like this happening in the last days:

“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. (Matthew 7:15)

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves. (Matthew 10:16)

I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. (Acts 20:29-30)

There are some important things to notice here…First, Jesus and Paul tell us to beware of false prophets and wolves. If you look at what Paul says in Acts 20, he says that the wolves will come in among us and not spare the flock. Not only that, wolves will arise from among your own selves. They warned us that wolves will be around us and among us and that we should be alert becuase these wolves look like sheep! While I know that this is not necessary strong hermeneutically, Jesus said that the way to hell is broad. There are many, many more wolves than there are sheep.

These wolves in sheeps’ clothing speak lies and perverse things drawing disciples away after them. Is anyone aware? Is anyone paying attention? Or, is everyone too busy sliding down the slippery slope to dig in their heels and stand up. To turn away from the things that don’t glorify God and speak out against those things that have no business in the body of Christ. It seems that not only is the church sliding down the slope but they seem to be opening the doors to these wolves! What will it take for men and women of fire and boldness for the things of God to stand up and speak out against the things that are false and paper thin? We are told in scripture that the way is narrow for those who go to heaven, but the implication is that there are some still walking that path! Are there any left in America? Are there any who are turning their eyes from the filth that permeates everything we see and hear? Americans seem to be extremely quick to jump on anything that names something Biblical or scriptural and no longer seem to be concerned with whether or not those things are scriptural. Where are the Bereans? Where are the Christians who are checking everything said and heard against the scripture and throwing out everything that doesn’t line up with what scripture says? We are quick to lift up anyone who names the name of Christ without actually checking to see if they are truly saved or whether or not what they do or how they live is actually in line with sound Christian doctrine?

What am I talking about? Here are just a few examples. The Book of Eli is a new movie that was recently released. It features Denzel Washington as the lead character and has been touted as a Christian themed movie because the Bible is part of the main plot. Eli is carrying the Bible across the US to the west coast and the villan is trying to get it from him to use it for evil purposes. Many supporters of the movie talk about how Eli mentions “the Book”, prays for himself and others, and even quotes scriptures. They seem to forget that the movie also contains a lot of gore, some vague nudity, profanity and blasphemy, and even rape situations. Is this something that Christians should be supporting just because it uses the Bible? Should we overlook all of the fornication, prostitution, rape, gore, and blasphemy because scripture is quoted? I don’t think so. Is there nothing else that we can support that is actually something uplifting and God-glorifying? Can someone actually show me how the movie glorifies God? Have we fallen this far that we would actually consider a movie like this something that correctly portrays Christianity? Some will say, “It’s just a movie and there are other Christian movies with blood and gore”. You’re right, it’s just a movie. But there are numerous times where the scriptures tell us to be careful what we put into our eyes, ears, and hearts. You’re right, there are many other Christian movies that show blood and gore. The Passion of the Christ contains a lot of blood and gore but the context is a scriptural one. It is horrible to watch, but it is a portrayal of what happened.

Where do we draw the line? We are the line drawers. Where do we draw it? When will we draw it? Can Christians not find other things to do with their time and money?

The other example that comes to mind is the recent Hope for Haiti telethon. This telethon was held to raise money for the relief effort down in Haiti. Why is this an example? The telethon featured some of the hottest secular music and movie celebrities. Many of these men and women have spent much of their time, money, and life promoting lifestyles that are clearly opposed to the Christianity, if not outright attacking it and the Saviour it offers for their sins. Then, all of a sudden they all found religion and sing about God in order to get people to send money to help Haiti. I wonder if these people realize that Christians are the first to go and give, the last to leave, and are the only ones that can offer something of substance to the Haitians. But, for the telethon, you had Justin Timberlake talking about the only thing on his tongue being “Hallelujah”. This is a far cry from the lyrics for “SexyBack”(not suitable for kids) or “Take Me Now” (not suitable for kids either). You had Christina Aguilera singing about being lifted up (I can only imagine that she meant God because she really didn’t say) but it’s a 180 degree turn from lyrics like “Dirrty” and “Nasty Naughty Boy”, not to mention the way that she dresses… This is par for the course from the remaining “artists” who performed. Jay-Z, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder (who sang that song about Barack Obama…), Madonna (SHE SANG “LIKE A PRAYER” !),  and a cast of thousands who showed up. The amazing thing is, not one of these people are considered a Christian artist. Does this mean that they’re not Christians? Nope. But for many of them (not all) their seemingly overnight conversion coincidentally happened about the time they were called on to help raise money for Haiti. What will we see in the weeks and months from these artists who so recently sang about “their” God? Will it be a truly changed life and direction for their music? I hope so, but I don’t have a lot of faith in that.

I’m truly concerned about what the church has openly allowed into its doors (if not having gone out and dragged it in). The examples above are on top of all of the unbiblical, unscriptural “preaching” and “teaching” that is taking place every Sunday at churches across the US. It doens’t include people like Rob Bell, Brian McLaren, and other emergents. It is in addition to Jesse Duplantis, Ken Copeland, Creflo Dollar and other prosperity preachers. It leaves out Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, and others who hype the “social gospel”. These are dangerous times and we are sleeping…We are letting in the wolves and they are taking the opportunity to turn away so many from the true faith. They are not sparing the flock and the number of those who are being taken continues to grow as we allow more and more to seep in to the chruch. Will we stand and fight for the faith or will we continue to hold the door open as the wolves stream in and continue to thin the flock?

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