Time To Change Direction
After WWII, Christian pastors were pressured to change their message and standards, because those in secularized counseling and psychology were saying that preaching about sin was harming our nation.
Pastors in droves turned to this new kind of message, turning to psychology, sociology, and psychiatry, along with many Christian seminaries.
But the reality is that people don’t need therapy, instead they need to be saved, cleansed, renewed, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Most people aren’t sick; they’re sinful and need to be led to the truth and to their Savior, Jesus Christ.
We need to stop lying to others and ourselves. Drunkenness isn’t a disease; it’s a sin. Homosexuality isn’t an alternative lifestyle; it’s a sin. Adultery and fornication aren’t addictions to sex; They’re a sin.
And the cure isn’t giving platitudes or relief; rather it’s telling the truth and recognizing sin as sin.
What we’ve seen is that the cause of many people’s distresses is sin, and the cure begins when we recognized and acknowledge it as being a sin.
The Apostle John says, “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.” (1 John 3:4)
Another way to say this is, “Those who sin are opposed to God’s law because all sin opposes God’s law.”
Seeing that we’ve all sinned and we’re sinners by nature, then sin is falling short of God’s holy and righteous standards for life (Romans 3:23).
So, we need to call sin exactly what it is, sin, and stop covering it up with rationalizations or by saying it’s some sort of new morality, or our world has changed making the Bible no longer relevant, or that the Bible no longer speaks to our generation.
That’s a lie, which itself is a sin. We’re no different today than we were 2,000 years ago, and the same sin back then is the same sin today.
Therefore, it’s time the church changed direction and go back to the truth of God’s word and repent.
Dennis Lee is the Senior Pastor at Living Waters Fellowship located at 211 West 1st South, behind ACE Hardware.
This Sunday at the 10 a.m. service, Pastor Mike Rowden’s message will be, “The End is Coming.”
Sunday Evening is our Sunday Night Movie, “St. John in Exile.” This is a one-man play developed by Dean Jones. It is filled with humor and great insight.
Wednesday Evening Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies begins at 6 p.m. The Women’s Bible Study is studying the minor prophets, and the Men’s Bible study is going through the Life of David.
Our services can be watched live or at a time best suited for your needs on our YouTube Channel “Mesquite NV Living Waters Fellowship,” or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Living-Waters-Fellowship-Mesquite-Foursquare-Church-323286096181/