“A Crisis of Compromise”
There is a pull to compromise the Gospel message.
⇒ The problem arises from INSIDE the church.
1 Timothy 4:1 NASB 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,
"…During the last quarter century, we've seen the rise of mega-churches, multi-site churches, and churches with worship services designed to make people feel as if they're doing anything except worshipping God at church… We have also witnessed a continued diminishing level of Biblical and theological knowledge and, in turn, we have observed the rampant growth and spread of Biblical and theological error and outright heresy. The pure, unvarnished preaching of the Gospel message has been eclipsed, in many churches, by a socially acceptable "gospel" message that claims to offer peace and unity without truth and purity. It is a compromised message devoid of sin, repentance, wrath, or hell that is tailored to seem attractional to everyone and offensive to no one." —Dr. Burk Parsons
⇒ This is not a new issue, historically speaking.
Isaiah 30:9-10 NASB For this is a rebellious people, false sons, Sons who refuse to listen To the instruction of the Lord; 10 Who say to the seers, "You must not see visions"; And to the prophets, "You must not prophesy to us what is right, Speak to us pleasant words, Prophesy illusions.
Jeremiah 5:30-31a NASB "An appalling and horrible thing Has happened in the land: 31 The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule on their own authority; And My people love it so!
The Apostle Paul calls us to true Gospel ministry.
⇒ We will be held responsible for our church culture.
2 Timothy 4:1-2a NASB I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2a preach the word;
⇒ Our mission is simple.
1 Corinthians 2:1-2 NASB And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.
⇒ Our mission is relentless.
2 Timothy 4:2a NASB preach the word; be ready in season and out of season;
⇒ Our mission is a spiritual battle.
2 Timothy 4:3-5a NASB For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. 5 But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship,
Faithfulness and hardship go hand in hand.
2 Timothy 2:3 NASB Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
⇒ Our mission goes out.
2 Timothy 4:5b NASB do the work of an evangelist,
⇒ Our mission is endless.
2 Timothy 4:5b NASB fulfill your ministry.