“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” 2 Thess. 2:3.
The headline this morning in a popular Christian news magazine read “Did the Great Falling Away Just Suck Up Another Christian Institution? ” Please understand, I did not have time to read the entire article but just the first few sentences. The subject of the story was the University of Arizona, a “Christian” university, who is now acknowledging gay marriage and extending benefits to same sex partners.
My first thought was the great falling away began to happen when Christians believed, condoned or compromised the Gospel of Jesus Christ and actually thought such worldly institutions and churches were indeed “Christian” or of God to begin with.
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1.
Sadly, it has taken the same abominations as Sodom and Gomorrah for many in the “Christian” world to awaken. While others remain on the fence trying to be the “good guy” and not offend anyone. Those will be the ones in hell being asked “why, why didn’t you tell me?” Was that too harsh? Well, if you were about to walk out in front of a train, you would want someone to tell you wouldn’t you? Friend, if you are condoning or compromising the Gospel of Jesus Christ, if you are not set for the defense of the Gospel of Jesus…you are about to get mowed down by a long, black train.
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15.
The fact of the matter is it doesn’t matter what I think, what you think or what anyone else thinks. All that matters is the reality of guilt or innocence according to the Word of God. I know we want to make every excuse in the world. We are good at rationalizing, psycho analyzing and not taking responsibility of our own guilt. Instead of denouncing ourselves and announcing the Lord, it seems better to the flesh to announce ourselves…who WE are and what WE have done. That is not how the Gospel of Jesus works my friends. The fact is, as an unbeliever in Jesus Christ, we ARE guilty. Our guilt is not a feeling but a fact; just as our forgiveness as a Believer in Jesus Christ is a fact and not a feeling.
There is only one way to be declared “innocent”, no matter our thoughts or intellectual observations, and that is through the shed Blood of Jesus Christ. God wants to be our God and He has made a way through Jesus Christ to be our God but we must accept HIS way, not ours. I was at a sales seminar not too long ago and we were told about our “intuition given to us by nature” and to read a book to learn more about different personality types. My first thought was, we can read the Word of God and the Holy Ghost gives us discernment and the only mind I care to know about is the Mind of Christ. These same things are being taught in the churches and Christian universities today and if it has taken the abomination of same sex marriages to make one see such, I’m greatly afraid you too are part of the great falling away. – Donna Clark Warren.