January 3, 2020
Church leader declares that the Word of God must yield to contemporary culture.
Stephen Cottrell, newly minted head of the Church of England, has declared unequivocally that the Word of God is not inspired, not truthful, and not relevant in today's society. According to Cottrell, the "Bible must yield to the cultural beliefs of contemporary society on matters of sexual conduct."
He further says that the mission of the Church is damaged "when the church's teachings conflict with that which is held to be morally normative anhd desirable by much of society".
While admitting that the Bible speaks to the issues of same-sex relationships, he asserts that "what we know now about human development and human sexuality requires us to look again at those texts to see what they are actually saying to our situation, for what we know now is not what was known then."
In other words, the Word of God is entirely subject to whatever we (humankind) want to think it says.
"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first..." 2Th 2:3
Over the past two millenia, I'm sure there have been a number of times when some people thought that the "falling away", or apostasy, was taking place. I am convinced that we are in the midst of that predicted apostasy, simply because of the numbers of "church leaders" who, for the past 30 years, have increasingly turned away from the Gospel, the Cross, and the Word.
Cottrell's declaration is no different from that made by satan (Isa. 14:13), and repeated numerous times by others, especially in this new millennium.
In the past 19 years alone, we have seen churches across the nation and world hide or do away with any display of the cross, preaching about the shed blood of Jesus for remission of sin, or any demand for true repentence. In just the past year (2019), Marty Sampson, Hillsong Worship Leader for years, says that "the more he thinks about it (Christianity), the more it seems like any other religion, and I don't want to have anything to do with it." This from a man who penned numerous worship songs that have been adopted and loved by millions.
Megachurch pastor Josh Harris announced he is divorcing his wife and leaving Christianity. He said "I have undergone a massive shift in regard to my faith in Jesus. The popular phrase for this is "deconstruction", the biblical phrase is "falling away." By all the measurements that I have for defining a Christian, I am not a Christian." Shortly after making this announcement, Harris joined in marching in the Vancouver, BC Gay Pride Festival.
In all of the instances of "departure" from the faith, those departing based much of what they were doing on a belief that the Word of God (the Bible) is no longer trustworthy, is not inspired, and is subservient to an individual's interpretation. In other words, TRUTH does not exist except in the mind of the person declaring that "truth".
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;" 2Ti 4:3
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Creflo Dollar asks 200,000 followers to donate $300 each so he can buy a $65 million dollar jet.
53 progressive church leaders in Texas protest the exclusion of Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funds.
Joel Osteen claims you can invoke the name of I AM and be whatever you want to be.
Man proposes to his boyfriend in Austin First United Methodist Church and receives a standing ovation.
Agusta Heights Baptist church performs same-sex wedding.
Church offers tattoos on stage during worship service.
First Church Somerville United Church of Christ hosts a drag queen festival, claims God is a "diva".
United Methodist Church announces possible split into two denominations over LGBTQ "rights"
These are just a few of the thousands of examples of churches and church members turning away from the Word of God and "leaning to their own understanding", something God expressly told us not to do.
"There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Pro 14:12
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness," 2Ti 3:16