He is risen! Hallelujah! In reading the letter of Jesus Christ to Sardis (Rev 3:1) , I came across this: "I see right through your work. You have a reputation for vigor and zest, but you're dead, stone-dead!" The meaning for us today is clear! Even though some of these massive "Community Churches" may have large youth groups and a growing fellowship, they do so by making compromises with secular world, to be considered “modern” and to avoid condemnation and persecution! In other words, by turning their back on the Gospel! They tend towards the feel good fast food spirituality: "Let’s help people with their lives...God wants you to buy your wife some new lingerie! Let’s all hold hands, be one with nature, and sing Kum-ba-yah"!
What else can you call the ordination of practicing sodomites, or the silence regarding abortion that murders 3500 souls a day anything but compromises with secularism for the sake of popularity? Or worse, the rewriting of Holy Scripture to delete the miracles and to change God the Father to "Mother Nature" ?
Certainly the church in Sardis avoided persecution as do many of these massive Community Churches! Satan figures that things are progressing nicely enough in his favor that he doesn’t have to bother with them!
I attended a funeral at one of these churches. Over the lectern was the sun disk of the ancient Egyptian god Ra, complete with the emanating winged rays that encompassed the entire worship space! No Gospel here!
I can't help but think that the Islamic threat to Western Civilization is no more than a warning to us to change our ways. Prior to the destruction of the Temple in 586 BC, the Israelites considered themselves "bullet-proof" owing to God’s residence in the Temple’s Holy of Holies. They ignored the prophets who warned the Israelites that this wasn't true! (see Ezk. 10:18)
Today, as Islam encroaches on our society like a growing cancer, we are ignoring the threat as did the Israelites the Assyrian threat. The secularists assume that since America won its war in 1945, it will remain invincible forever! In the age of open borders and smuggled suitcase nuclear weapons, how can this be true!
One can only think that as our society is set ablaze, it will serve to burn away the dross of complacent secularism and leave only a purified remnant to carry on with the true foundations of our civilization: faith, perseverance, responsibility and integrity.