Have We Lost Christianity?
Robert Wurtz II
Thus says the LORD: “Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ (Jeremiah 6:16)
I shall never forget how disturbed I was several years ago attending a very large youth meeting where the so-called worship team broke into a full-blown secular song and fed it to the people. We had been flirting with using secular stuff in worship, in circles I moved in, but then God began to move in revival and sobered most of our minds up. Nevertheless, I asked a highly respected minister what was going on in this youth meeting. He said that they tell us (the older ministers) “This is our time…” that is to say, “It’s our day, and it’s our turn to do this Christianity thing…” Clearly they have determined to out last the old folks and cut themselves a new path all together- free from the starchiness of the older generation.
The Fear of the Puritans Realized
For me, the cause of this problem is as simple as anything. The Puritans and Pilgrims sailed to the New World over 400 years ago to establish a “City on a Hill” a place where everyone in society was a genuine Christian. They had been through the difficult transitions that took place during the reformation when Saint and sinner alike were swept wholesale into the churches. The New World was not supposed to be that way. So, for the next 300 years, this dream of a people existing as the true Church on earth made a lot of headway. But, slowly over time the notion of the church being comprised of true Christians was lost and Saint and sinner alike were swept into the churches through the high speed evangelistic efforts of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The sinners’ prayer, the prosperity gospel and an inordinate emphasis on grace and eternal security has realized the fears of the Puritans. I have dealt with this matter in detail in my latest book Televangelicalism. Click here to get the book on Kindle or paperback.
Ask For The Old Paths?
We have noticed a couple of things over the last few years. First, there is a weariness setting in among many who have been calling the churches to repentance and genuine New Covenant living. The voices are growing fewer and fainter. Many of the old-timers are dying off or getting up in years. It won’t be long, and they will all have passed away. Secondly, as I have spoken out against everything from the sinners’ prayer to Rock and Roll worship, I have been de-friended and in a few cases blocked in social media. It is clear to me that many a hand on the rudder of the church has no interest in a call to the old paths. They are foremen on the road crew blazing a new path to try and lead the churches into hell itself. In the words of Jeremiah, But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ Or in the words of Paul at Ephesus, For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. (Acts 20:29)
Stand in the Way and See
Savage wolves have no interest in seeing the right paths, their only interest is to devour the sheep for their own gain. But, as we raise the clarion call to repentance, perchance some of the true saints will be sobered to the path that we are on right now. God said it to Israel, “Stand in the ways and see…” If you have ears to hear, zoom out and see where we are right now. Ask God to lift you up for an aerial view of where we are heading. You will see the well-worn paths of many generations and then a completely new path blazing through the wilderness of this present evil world. And it is growing wider and wider merging with the broad road to destruction. “Stand in the ways and see…”
Ask For The Old Paths
Where is the good way? This is the question we need to be asking. By implication the other path(s) are the bad way. The deception is found in the fact that as these forces pioneer this rebellious path, every other song they write contains references to “freedom.” What is it? They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. (2 Peter 2:19 ESV) The old saints hear the word freedom and think of freedom from sin and this world; the new generation uses the word freedom to sever ties with the past and the former generation of Christians who believed in holiness and modesty. They want to be free from any standards or expectations. Anything goes. They cast off restraint to the point to where they lust for things, and advocate actions, which only the vilest of sinners in bygone generations would have participated in.
Have We Lost Christianity?
As backslidden and unregenerate ministers pretended to reach youth with worldly measures we raised up a generation that had no clue as to what true Christianity is. The reason this happened was because the expectation of people genuinely repenting and being born of the Spirit was lost in the main stream by as early as the 1950s. A person could say the sinners prayer wait a few years and enter the ministry. Contrast that with the fact that in the early founding of America, a person could not be a member of their local church in certain of the Colonies, unless they could give a convincing testimony as to how they were born again. If they could not, they couldn’t even join the church– much less become a preacher or leader. But, that’s an old path. They were expected to live a life as becometh saints. But that’s an old path, too. We have the solution here: Thus says the LORD: “Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. Have we lost Christianity in the main stream? As long as a generation continues to say, ‘We will not walk in it.’ (Jeremiah 6:16b), I’m afraid the answer can only be yes, we have.