More Time With Porn Than With Paul

Many of the people who sit in churches on Sunday spend more time looking at and reading porn than they do reading Paul’s writings in the New Testament. Most young people have not even heard of Paul the apostle and have read nothing that he wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of the living God. Both groups know little of the theology found in Romans, the deep understanding of the Church found in the book of Ephesus, the character issues dealt with in Galatians or even the basic life and ministry of Paul as found in the history of the early church in the book of Acts.

Surveys show that many who call themselves Christians are Bible illiterate. And those who do read their Bible can, and often do, end up with an unbalanced understanding of what the passage they read really means. So, they are reading and applying their Bibles in their own way which regretfully is not often God’s way. Of course, some of this can be traced back to the local pulpits which are, at times, presenting opinion and not Bible truth; a cultural gospel and not the Gospel of the Kingdom.

As someone who loves God’s Word and has spent close to 40 years reading and studying it I find this troublesome. So, I want to do my part to remedy the situation. Near the end of March of this year I will be teachings “Bible Basics & Discipleship” in a number of locations as well as on-line. A simple 90 minutes of learning the basics about the Bible and then the basic foundational truths contained in the Bible. There will be four lessons a month posted on-line. I’m doing this because one of the tasks of an apostle is to “lay correct foundations” (Ephesians 2:20) and to teach the basic doctrines of the faith (Acts 2:42 and Jude 3). I am doing this because my work includes “equipping the saints for the work of the ministry.” (Ephesians 4:11-12)

There is so much to do as we build the Kingdom and push back the spiritual darkness in all of our nations. As an author recently wrote: “We’ve got work to do. There are lost people to reach, churches to plant, and nations to evangelize. Hell is hot, forever is a long time, and it’s our turn to stop making a dent and start making a difference. This is not time to trade in boots for flip-flops. The days are darker, which means our resolve must be stronger and our convictions clearer.”

I could not agree more.

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  1. sheila carpenter
    sheila carpenter says:

    I had discussed this very topic with a pastor on the east coast a few years ago and he said, “We don’t have that problem in my church.” DE-NILE (denial) is a river in Egypt as they say…. It is well past time to preach it so HOT all in earshot will either run out the door and never come back or else repent for real. Over the years I found that telling the TRUTH could get a hole punched in the wall, a glass thrown, a Christmas present taken back, and times of departing from me for a season…BUT GOD dealt with them and they repented and came back older and wiser and more fit for HIS service.GLORY TO HIS NAME.

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