It is my contention, based on much reading of Scripture, that The Church is going to fail. There will be individual success, people will be saved, but as a whole, The Church blows it.
The Church will (has) become proud. We don’t heed the warning of Paul directed at Gentiles that if God cut off the Natural branch Israel, beware lest He cut you off too.
We pretend this is too deep for us to understand. Romans 9-11 is often called a “parenthesis in Paul’s letter to the Romans.” Nope, it’s not. It’s pointing out how Israel is a giant illustration of how to fail to attain the righteousness of God.
The History of Israel was not written for Israel, the OT is not written for them, it’s written for us so we don’t fall in the same way, yet when was the last time you even read the Old Testament?
Israel thought they were in, they were good to go, we’re God’s chosen people, relax, He won’t judge us. The Church is there now. Grace has become the giant fallback, God won’t judge us, there’s grace.
Newsflash: there was grace with Israel, too!
Grace doesn’t mean God likes sin. We are chucking doctrinal integrity and faithfulness to Scripture so we can excuse our favorite sins, pretend it’s ok to do what we do. We are storing up wrath for the day of wrath.
“Be not highminded, but fear” is smack dab in the middle of Romans 11, the giant warning passage for Gentiles to beware lest God cut you off as He cut of Israel. Yet today all we talk about is reward, happy thoughts and how every day is a Friday with Jesus.
The reason Paul tells us Gentiles, The Church, to fear is because we stand by faith and faith means listening to God’s Word. Yet God’s Word is so marginal in The Church today, there is no possible way to make a case that the Church is currently standing by faith.
For years I was told, “If you preach the Word people will come.” T’ain’t true. No one has any time for God’s Word. People want to hear happy Jesus advice on how to achieve their ends, how to pull off their will, but few have any interest in learning how to achieve God’s ends for us and proving what His will is.
It’s sad. Human nature is diseased. Ever since Genesis and up to today and on into the future, humans will mess it up entirely. If we know that human nature is deprived, why do we not fear God more?
Why are we not living in total dependence on the Spirit and God’s Word? Why is everything else in the world more important than your spiritual health? How much more of your life has to fall apart before you give up and truly come to Christ and abide in His Word? How much of the world are you hoping is in heaven? How much are you willing to compromise to keep your pet sins? How many lies are you willing to believe so you can console yourself that your sin-filled relative is really in heaven? How much more deception do you need to keep from being convicted by the light of God’s Word? How much more busy-ness do you need to keep you distracted from eternal truth?
It is high time to awake out of slumber. Cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth and this is a problem.