Consider this Born-Again Christian:
In twentieth century Christianity a different Bible is being used, the music is sensuous, and public preaching against alcohol, adultery, immodesty, clergy unbelief, ecclesiastical compromise, infidelity and Romanism has all but disappeared.
In fact, preaching has been supplanted by teaching. The apostle Paul gives us insight about this generation prior to the return of the Lord:
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears. (2Ti 4:3)
The substitution of teachers in place of preachers, predicted by Paul is significant when you consider there verses:
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (1Co 1:18)
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. (1Co 1:21)
In the absence of PREACHING, America has no chance of being saved. At an alarming rate .. the pastor is being called the “pastor-teacher”. This trend is awful and will lead to spiritual anarchy in the churches. Mark this—whine the pastor does teach his flock, he must primarily be the MAN OF GOD who calls his flock and his community to repentance.
As a result of this “heaping of teacher”, very little repentance takes place. Even among Fundamental Baptists, repentance is being ignored or explained away. This grave loss in the awareness of sin and the dread of being guilty before a holy God has produced evil fruit.
A person guilty of sin, SITTING IN THE PEWS, hardly feels a twinge of guilt. Yet the conviction of the Holy Spirit leading to repentance is his only hope. Sinners minds are NOT CHANGING as they should. As a result, their lives are not changing. They see no need of a Christ that saves them from their desperate situation. The apostle Paul admonished the church at Rome:
Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. (Rom 7:13)
The apostle Paul declares that preachers ought to make sin “exceeding sinful”. It is impossible to make sin “exceeding sinful” by merely teaching. The word of God must be PREACHED.
The greek word “kerruso”, translated “preach” in our English Bible, means “to lift up the voice”. But alas, America does not want to be “preached at”.
The largest religious gatherings in America today are “Christian Rock” concerts. The author will digress to say the name “Christian Rock” has been changed to “Christian Contemporary”. This change was due to the fact that separatist and fundamental believers exposed the name “Rock and Roll” as being a euphemism for fornication long ago. Obviously, the term “Christian Fornication Music” is not a healthy moniker, so the name was changed.
America’s infatuation with “Christian Rock and Roll” stars, shows the infinite spiritual vacuum that has seized our once Christian republic. Large crowds do not come out to be “preached at”. They come out for the bump and grind of “Rock and Roll” music aimed at the loins rather than the heart. Yes, this is evidence that America’s problems and St. Louis’ problems are spiritual.
Only by holy living can the Holy Spirit come in mighty power. Please consider:
And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (Eph 4:24)
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: (Heb 12:14)
And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. (Eze 36:23)
As Protestantism fell into compromise, she also fell into powerlessness.
Excerpt from The Soul Of St. Louis – Chapter 16, “Why St. Louis Went To Hell”, pages 193-195 By James R. Beller, Prairie Fire Press 1998