The "Days of Noah", Round Two.
Speaking of the end times, Jesus Himself said:
"As the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. For in those days before the flood, there were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah boarded the ark. They didn't know until the flood came and swept them all away. So this is the way the coming of the Son of Man will be."
It's indisputable that we're closer to the end than we've ever been .. particularly if you subscribe to pre-trib, pre-mil theology. But even if not, consider the following:
The situation that was found on earth just before the great flood was the result of sinful man engaging in the things sinful man does, absent the control of the Holy Spirit in the lives of unbelievers. And, I think it's true that's going on now, moderated somewhat by the effects of a remnant of believers and the influence they've had on society. While I think that may have had a moderating effect on the rate of "progress", it's obvious now that the natural evil that's in all men, absent the presence of the Holy Spirit in the individual, is becoming more and more prominent.
While it may have been true that the church ... the Ekklesia ... has been intolerant of sinful activity inside or outside the church, campaigning against liquor licenses, lotteries, homosexuals, X-rated movies, dancing, ____________ (insert favorite pet peeve), it's recently been true that evil is now overtly intolerant of righteousness.
One simple example: say what the Bible says about homosexuality, and you get branded a homophobe .. someone who fears homosexuality and/or homosexuals ... or as intolerant people ... or as haters. None of which are true! Suddenly those engaged in things God calls evil, are calling those with a call to righteousness evil, themselves!
Sounds like the days of Noah, to me.
The recent blowup over Phil Robertson's personal airing of Biblical truths on a secular magazine, shows us just how deep-seated this phenomenon is, in today's society. The Arts & Entertainment TV Network .. A&E ... has put the star of Duck Dynasty, which is their most popular show, and I imagine their most profitable, on suspension because he publicly agreed with what God said about homosexuality. And anybody with a lick of sense would figure the family isn't going to take that, and the show is apt to come to a screeching halt in short order.
A&E's most profitable show, at that!
Doesn't that sound just like what would have been the case at the time of Noah, if they'd had electricity and TV networks and reality shows, all those years ago?
God didn't promise that lifting up great music or care groups or quiet times or slick marketing or Christian TV ... in and of itself ... or lecturing on the evils of homosexuality, drunkenness, et al, would draw people to the church. God said if we'd lift up Jesus, God Himself would handle the drawing.
Make no mistake about it: the evil in the world is the result of sin. Blaming it on the church, and its shortcomings, is like blaming diseases on well people. But the one and only thing God said was the Power of God for salvation, is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And repentance over sin, and not just societally rejecting one sin or another.
Regardless of TV's de facto censorship.