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By Roger Oakland
While I am certain there are many more, the following ten trends provide a good overview of what is taking place in the church today:
Ecumenical unity at any cost, yet completely void of any connection to the message that Jesus died on the Cross.
The church-growth movement, which is focused on a market-driven seeker-friendly Christianity emphasizing a megachurch mentality.
A Christianity focused on following men, their methods, and their movements.
A Jesuit agenda promoted by publishers and pastors proclaiming the teachings and ideas of Roman Catholic church fathers and Roman Catholic mystics.
The rejection of biblical creation and the acceptance of theistic evolution and progressive creation.
A false Christianity that substitutes the Gospel according to the Scriptures with a social gospel.
The “Purpose-driven P.E.A.C.E. Plan” that prepares the church for a global one-world religion.
An experience-based “Christianity” that seeks after signs and wonders and rejects the biblical warnings of a Last Days spiritual deception found in the Bible.
It is not my objective to place these various trends in their order of importance. The fact is, each one is occurring, and the vast majority of professing Christians are not even aware these trends are happening or even that there is a problem.
Biblical Christianity is under attack like it has never been before. We are not only on a “slippery slope”—Christianity is ready to fall off the cliff. As Jesus asked in Luke 18:8: “[W]hen the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”
Current events indicate the pathway to apostasy is leading exactly in the direction foretold by the Scriptures.
Roger Oakland is the founder and director of Understand the Times, International. He has also founded numerous Bryce Homes for needy widows and children in several countries. You may visit his website at http://www.understandthetimes.org. For an indepth study of the above areas listed, read Roger Oakland’s book, The Good Shepherd Calls.
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