Accommodating the Spirit Of Age

open letter

As a pastor or bible teacher are you accommodating the spirit of the age?  Are you on guard for yourself and the flock of God in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers(Acts 20:28-29) ?  How are you preparing yourself and your flock for the spiritual warfare that is intensifying as we approach the end of the church age?  (Eph 4:11-14)

The Bible gives the following as characteristics of a true Shepard of God:

1. Has the concerns of the chief Shepherd (Christ) in mind. (1Pet 5:1-4)  
2. Protects the Flocks as a Watchman (Acts 20:28-29).
3. Feeds the flock and builds them up (Eph 4:11-12)
4. Gathers the scattered, strengthen believers (Acts 14:21-22, Acts 15:32, Acts15:41, Acts16:5, Acts 18:23, Heb 12:12).

This is the pattern that God has laid out for those who shepherd the flock of God. These duties are to be carried out in the context of self sacrifice. (Mark 10:28)

  The Spirit of God has told us the following as it pertains to the "end  of the age":

Matt 24:-24-25
24  “For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.
25  “Behold, I have told you in advance.

1 Tim 4:1
1  But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,

2 Thess 1:3
1 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him,
2  that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.
3  Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,

I believe Bill Randles in his article, "The Final Accommodation – The Mark . . . Rev 14" accurately accesses what is happening in the light of reveal scripture, as noted in the following.

December 4, 2013 by Bill Randles

"If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.(Revelation 14:9-11)

"One of the nightmares of living in this age, is the burden of having to witness the steady accommodation of the seeming leaders of the Evangelical and Pentecostal movements to the world spirit. So much of evangelicalism has allowed pastors who value “relevance”, to the point of actually denying Christ.

To many faithful members of the churches, it must seem as though the former verities have collapsed, one after another, as so many of the notable leaders have accepted and defended the unthinkable and indefensible. Hell and Judgment are being denied, as ‘relational evangelism’ replaces the old “courtroom model” of the book of Romans. (Everything is about ‘relationships” right?)

...Who would have ever imagined the mockery and denial of Hell in a Christian church? Christian and Muslims worshipping together? Christian pastors apologizing for ‘judging’ homosexuals? Where does it end?

One wonders, wearily, What next? How could once thriving churches have possibly succumbed to such evil in the face of clear warning? What does this tell us about what to expect? If it would have been unthinkable thirty years ago to predict that evangelical churches would seek peace and accommodation with Mosques, or would have outreach to encourage practicing homosexuals, what else remains unthinkable? What else is there to compromise, redefine, and explain away?

Evangelicals are currently being told that there is another side to the Israeli, Palestinian conflict, and that the compassionate stance is to take the side of the (so-called) Palestinians, and denounce Israel. (After all Israel is Western and we all know that is BAD,BAD,BAD!)!" ...continue reading

Who would have ever imagined, that once Bible believing churches,  are now joining interfaith organizations where the focus is on dialogue. For a Christian to proselytize in such a setting is seen as taboo, since in this environment all religions are seen as equal.

Churches are tolerating, even accommodating pagan organizations  such as Greek Letter organizations, free masons and the acceptance of gay marriage. 

Occultic practies such as contemplative sprittuality, so called Christian yoga is living and thriving in churches thay profess to be bible beleiving churches.    

To take a stance by way of practicing Biblical discernment  and voicing concerns about anti-Biblical practices and teachings are  now seen as hateful, unloving and puts one in the position of being demonized. In some cases even marginalized, or more extreme some are even asked to leave the church. Yet the Bible commands and commends those practice Biblical discernment. (Acts 17:11; 1 Thess 5:21; Rev 2:2; 1John 4:1)  

The Bible is clear as to where this activity will ultimately lead us and that is "the apostasy" (2 Thess 2:1-3). 

If you are a Bible believing pastor / teacher are you preparing yourself and your congregation (Acts 20:28-29) are you remaing alert and sober as to the times we are living in (1 Thess 5:5-6?

In Christ
Hiram E Sutton