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Why Do Evangelical Churches Look So Much Like the Secular Culture Around Them?

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As the eschatological clock continues to tick, and as we ever approach Christ’s return, it seems like every self-promoting, virtue-signaling Evangelical has jumped on the bandwagon of ever-shifting cultural movements. These trends, ranging from the use of preferred pronouns to a misguided “compassion” for mothers willing to take their unborn children to be killed on the altar of convenience, have been creeping into our churches and our homes watering down the truth of God in His word and robbing Him of His glory in creation.

Now, I don’t know about you, but last time I checked, the Bible told us that our Lord created us male and female. Especially for Christians, you’d think that would settle the matter, but noβ€”today’s society wants us to tiptoe around people’s feelings, asking them what they’d like to be called rather than acknowledging the divine design and our Evangelical leaders are increasingly caving. By giving in to this ludicrous demand, we’re not only thumbing our noses at God’s plan for His trophy creation, but we’re also opening the floodgates to a tidal wave of moral relativism where truth is as fickle as the weather and God’s Word loses its teeth.

Sure, Jesus told us to love and forgive, but let’s not get all wishy-washy here, folks. Abortion is a grave sin that takes an innocent life, and last time I checked, the Creator of the universe wasn’t too keen on that. Psalm 139:13-16 paints a beautiful picture of God’s hand at work in the womb, so why are we so quick to extend a sympathetic pat on the back to those who have chosen to snuff out that divine spark? Since when has the church ever had compassion on unrepentant sin? By doing so, we risk diluting God’s hatred of sin, making a mockery of the urgency of repentance, and undermining the power of redemption through Christβ€”not to mention, we rob sinners of the divine guilt placed within their conscience by God Himself which is meant to convict them of their sin.

And as for the growing acceptance of worldly values and lifestyles among Evangelicals, it seems like we’ve become a bunch of spiritual chameleons, adapting our beliefs and practices to blend in with the ever-changing landscape of secular society. From twerking in the church parking lot to sporting tattoos of Bible verses alongside skulls and crossbones (I’m not saying tattoos are inherently sinful), we’re drifting farther and farther away from the clear teachings of Scripture. Romans 12:2 warns us not to conform to the world, but it seems we’ve traded our spiritual compasses for a roadmap to cultural compromise.

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But these are just a few examples of the tidal wave of cultural movements threatening to wash away the distinctiveness of our faith. From embracing same-sex marriage to entertaining the idea of multiple pathways to God, it’s no wonder our churches are starting to look more like social clubs than houses of worship. And all the while, the devil is rubbing his hands with glee as we dance to the tune of his deception.

So, what’s a faithful believer to do in the face of all this madness? Simple: cling to the unchanging truth of Scripture, refuse to be swayed by the siren song of popular opinion, and proclaim God’s glory and truth with boldness and conviction. After all, we’re called to be salt and light in a dark and decaying world, not a bunch of spiritual chameleons blending in with the godless crowd.

At the end of the day, it’s high time for us to rise up, dust off our Bibles, and stand firm on the solid rock of God’s Word. We must reject the temptation to bow down to the idols of modern culture and instead be unwavering ambassadors for Christ. Our mission is to spread the Gospel, call sinners to repentance, and uphold the truth that there is no salvation apart from Jesus.

To do this, we must first examine our own hearts and ensure we are living in obedience to God’s commands. We can’t expect others to follow the narrow path if we ourselves are traipsing down the broad road that leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13-14). It’s time to cast off the shackles of compromise, put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:11), and engage in the spiritual battle that is raging all around us.

We must lovingly but firmly confront the false teachings that have crept into our churches. This isn’t about being judgmental or self-righteous; it’s about contending for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints (Jude 1:3). We must be like the Bereans, who searched the Scriptures daily to see if what they were being taught was true (Acts 17:11). By doing so, we will be equipped to discern truth from error and guard against the subtle deceptions of the enemy.

Finally, we must remember that our ultimate goal is not to win arguments or appear more righteous than others. Our purpose is to glorify God, share the Good News of Jesus Christ, and demonstrate His love and grace to a lost and dying world. This may mean standing against the tide of popular opinion, enduring mockery and ridicule, or even facing persecution for our faith. But as Jesus promised in Matthew 5:11-12, “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.”

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