What is the Bible's end time message for the Church?
In the spring of 2012, I believe the Lord began to move on my heart with a very troubling message. I turned it over and over in my mind, and I wrestled with it in prayer. Finally, it burned so hot in my soul that I had to put it on paper. When I finished it, and it was published in June of 2012. I called it A Prophetic Manifesto, and I gave it this stark cover because it contained a very stark message.
The Blight of Cultural Christianity
Another negative characteristic of our society is that true Bible-believing Christians are being alienated from society and are being increasingly subjected to persecution. The speed at which this has happened in recent years is absolutely breathtaking.
Jim Garlow is a Nazarene minister who pastors the Skyline Church in La Mesa, California. He is considered to be an expert on Church history. In a recent presentation to the National Religious Broadcasters, Pastor Garlow presented a sweeping overview of the relationship between Bible-believing Christians and American society.
From 1607 - 1833, Bible believing Christians were the establishment of this nation. That is for 236 years!
From 1833 - 1918, we were the predominant force. That is only 85 years. Notice how these periods decrease rapidly.
From 1918 - 1968, the sub-dominant force was Bible believing Christians for about 50 years.
Then the big turning point came in the 60's, from 1968 - 1988 we were a sub-culture for 20 years.
From 1988 - 1998, Christianity became a counter culture for 10 years.
From 1998 - 2008, Christianity became an antithetical culture for 10 years.
And, finally, from 2008 to the present, Christianity became a persecuted culture.
An overwhelming majority of Americans — 85% — claim to be Christians, but the evidence of Christianity in the lives of most of them is almost nil. They purchase lottery tickets, frequent R-rated movies, watch trash shows on TV, purchase pornography, idolize crude and vulgar musicians, frequent abortion clinics and compile a divorce rate that equals non-Christians.
They are what might be called "Cultural Christians" — born into a Christian family, raised going to church, but without any personal relationship with Jesus. Another characteristic of Cultural Christians is that they rarely if ever read the Bible. This has resulted in gross biblical ignorance and the undoing of doctrine.
Ignorance of God's Word has even become true of Evangelical Christians, the very people whose identity in the past was linked to their reliance on the Bible for their ultimate authority in all things.
Surveys by the Barna Group reveal that among those claiming to be Evangelicals today:
- 19% are living with a partner outside of marriage.
- 37% do not believe the Bible to be totally accurate.
- 45% do not believe that Jesus was sinless. These are evangelicals folks.
- 52% do not believe Satan is real.
- And 57% do not believe that Jesus is the only way to eternal life despite the fact that He said so.
- And 57% believe that good works play a part in gaining eternal life.
As you can see from these survey results, the term "Evangelical" has lost its meaning.
It is no wonder we have professing Christians voting for candidates who promote homosexuality, same-sex marriage, abortion, and casino gambling. Or, professing Christians who vote out of greed for the candidate who offers to give them the most, regardless of the candidate's wretched lifestyle or beliefs about social and moral issues. Or, professing Christians who vote on the basis of race or ethnicity, regardless of a candidate's viewpoints concerning vital moral issues.
Public opinion polls concerning the fundamental beliefs of Christianity consistently reveal that the number of true Bible-believing Christians in America today is less than 10%. It's no wonder that during the past 50 years our society has secularized and paganized so rapidly.
In the third segment of Dr. Reagan's A Prophetic Manifesto, he will look at the nation of Judah as the biblical example of what will happen to the United States should we not repent and turn back to God.