Is truth being sacrificed on the altar of popularity?

Am I the only one who has noticed that what one believes or teaches is not as important as being popular. If I am correct in the proposition, I doubt if I am the only one who has noticed this trend for two reasons:

Firstly, it would be pompous of me to think so, God never encourages pomposity; we can do this all by ourselves and often with Satan’s help.

Secondly, there is always another witness or two, again because God doesn’t want his servants to think they are more special than anyone else, that they have a “special line to God”.

So, back to the proposition that it’s not what you believe or preach that seems to be important it’s one’s popularity.

In the last presidential campaign, Donald Trump said he could stand on New York’s Fifth Avenue “and shoot somebody” and still not lose voters. As the world knows he went on to win the presidency. Since then there have scandals and issues almost on a daily basis concerning President Trump, but still his core supporters, many of whom are Christians, the Evangelicals and Pentecostals, allegedly the more “spiritual ones” at that, still give him their unwavering support.

How will it end? God knows. I would add, however, “pride goes before destruction and  a haughty spirit before fall”. God hates pride.

He hated the pride of the archangel Lucifer; he hated the pride of Pharaoh, King Nebuchadnezzar and King Herod. These figures in history went from being God’s servants to rogues and outlaws with each having to face the displeasure of God in their very public humiliation.

Sadly, truth is also being sacrificed on the altar of popularity in the church. A solid, bible based, doctrinally correct preacher and teacher is not as valued or sought after as a popular artist or speaker in many churches today. This is the Laodicean church age, where it’s the people’s right.

It’s not uncommon for a singer/entertainer come preacher, with suspect doctrine and a suspect life to be invited to speak/entertain the church at a church convention or anniversary service solely because he or she is popular. In the age of Google and information technology it only takes a very short time to look into a person’s past and sometimes even their present life to find out what they have been up to or what they believe but this doesn’t matter, it’s their popularity that matters.

I am for cross fertilisation, that is the mixing of ideas, customs etc of different places or groups of people, to produce  better result. But, I am  not for cross contamination, the process by which bacteria or other microorganisms are unintentionally transferred from one substance or object to another, with harmful effect.

Truth matters, Jesus said so. His ministry was multi dimensional but at its core was truth. Our Lord’s emphasis on truth led to his death because truth is often not popular.

Let me appeal to my fellow church leader, we have a responsibility to the young people in our churches as well as those who shall be saved to emphasise the importance of sound doctrine and truth. There is free for all and church hopping simply because sound doctrine is not important.

Large churches or popular church leaders with unsound doctrine are attracting young people to them simply because they are popular in terms of numbers. Young people are leaving good, strong, bible based churches to go to these large churches often through discontent and itching ears. They don’t care what is being taught or the moral standards of the church and leaders it’s all about “feeling good” about “having a good time”.

People want to feel good; want a good time but at what cost? The drug addict uses drugs to feel good; the alcoholic the same. Even the gambler who uses his hard earned money to gamble does so to feel good. Then comes the consequences, too sad and numerous to mention.

There are severe consequences in pursuing feeling good above truth. The consequences of truth are never bad or dangerous but liberating and life enhancing.

In the words of our Lord and Apostle Paul, truth sets one free: “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. John 8:31-32.

“O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you“?Galatians 3:1.

Our platform is the world and our congregation the people. 

The Lord’s servant

Lloyd Denny

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