Great article by my friend,brother in the Lord and fellow musician Sandy Simpson-

Testing Music In The Church – Part 2 
… and now BLASPHEMOUS! 
by Sandy Simpson, 3/17/09


For my previous article on testing music in the churches, go here.  Since the first article I wrote on testing music in the churches there have been developments in Christian music that are even more alarming.  Apparently the following was posted on a joke site called “Lark” but it does illustrate the problem I will detail following their spoof on Bridegroom music.

Wal-Mart rejects ‘racy’ worship CD

 ANAHEIM — The latest Vineyard Music worship CD, “Intimacy, vol. 2,” has raced to the top of the Christian sales charts, but Wal-Mart is refusing to stock the album without slapping on a parental warning sticker. The ground-breaking — some say risqué — album includes edgy worship songs such as “My Lover, My God,” “Touch Me All Over,” “Naked Before You,” “I’ll Do Anything You Want,” “Deeper” and “You Make Me Hot with Desire.”

“We’ve had concerns about previous Vineyard CD’s, but this time they went overboard in their suggestive imagery depicting the church’s love affair with Christ,” said a Wal-Mart spokesman. “It would be irresponsible to sell this to 13-year-old kids.”

A Vineyard Music Group (VMG) spokesman defended the album.

“We felt this was the next logical step in furthering people’s intimacy with the Lord, as the title implies,” said Sam Haverley, director of VMG public relations. “People aren’t content with yesterday’s level of closeness. They want something more. We feel this album gives them that.”

Wal-Mart represents a third of all CD sales, which has forced VMG to try to negotiate a deal. VMG proposed adding a heart-shaped warning sticker rather than the black-and-white label more often seen on raunchy rap albums, but Wal-Mart refused. VMG is considering issuing a censored version of the album.

“If Christians want to make R- or X-rated music, that’s up to them,” said a Wal-Mart spokesman, “but we don’t have to carry it.” (LarkNews, http://www.larknews.com/april_2003/secondary_exclusive.php?header=header&page=walmart_cd)

However, real lyrics from real albums are just as blasphemous as the above spoof.

Bridal Identity teachings are a strong influence for an abundance of intimacy worship songs. 1 could fill these pages with pages of examples. Here are the lyrics from one worship song:

“You are my everything, my hearts delight 
You are my obsession; I wait for you through the night 
In the morning when I rise I ache for you.” 
(from “Obsession” by Nathan Shaver and Eldon Stump).

Heather Clark is a very popular charismatic singer made famous for her “worship warfare dance at Todd Bentley’s meetings in Florida. Here from her album “Dark But Lovely” we encounter these lyrics in the song “Kisses of Your Mouth”:

“Kiss me with the kisses of your mouth 
Your love is better than wine 
Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfume 
No wonder the maidens love you 
Take me away with you, let’s hurry 
Let the king bring me into His chamber”

Other tracks include: “All Night Long,” “My Lover,” “Faint with Love.” (Orrel Steinkamp, The Plumbline, Volume 14, No. 2, March/April 2009)

There are many more songs out there that bear the Bridegroom teachings.

Burning

I have found the love of my desire (Jesus) 
I’m caught up in the passion of an ever-flaming fire (We’re lovesick) 
Captured by a pure and holy gaze (You’re beauty ravishes me) 
Frightened by your beauty but I just can’t look away 
Burning, oh I’m burning 
My heart becomes and instant flame 
At the very mention of Your name

(Burning Desire CD, Live Harp and Bowl Worship, Executive Producer Mike Bickle, Recorded live May 2000 at the Friends of the Bridegroom Conference in Kansas City, Featuring Mike Bickle and worship teams from the International House of Prayer. Includes artists: Mike Bickle, Misty Edwards, Julie Meyer, JoAnn McFatter, Carol Oosthius and Monty Poe, (spoken voice portions by Mike Bickle in brackets), http://www.worshipmusic.com/fotb-bdcd.html)

You can hear Mike Bickle adding to the song with disgusting references to God in sexual terms.  These ideas are misapplications of the Song of Solomon.  JFB Commentary states in introductions to the Song of Solomon:

Three notes of time occur [MOODY STUART]: (1) The Jewish Church speaks of the Gentile Church (#So 8:8) towards the end; (2) Christ speaks to the apostles (#So 5:1) in the middle; (3) The Church speaks of the coming of Christ (#So 1:2) at the beginning. Thus we have, in direct order, Christ about to come, and the cry for the advent; Christ finishing His work on earth, and the last supper; Christ ascended, and the call of the Gentiles.

Scofield states this:

The interpretation is twofold:  Primarily, the book is the expression of pure marital love as ordained of God in creation, and the vindication of that love as against both asceticism and lust—the two profanations of the holiness of marriage.  The secondary and larger interpretation is of Christ, the Son and His heavenly bride, the Church (#2Co 11.1-4, refs). In this sense the book has six divisions: I. The bride seen in restful communion with the Bridegroom, 1.1-2.7. II. A lapse and restoration, 2.3-3.5. III. Joy of fellowship, 3.6-5.1. IV.  Separation of interest—the bride satisfied, the Bridegroom toiling for others, 5.2-5. V.  The bride seeking and witnessing, 5.6-6.3. VI.  Unbroken communion, 6.4-8.14.

It is quite a stretch, in fact patently bad hermeneutics, to teach that the Song of Solomon is painting a picture of lust and love between a human individual and God rather than a picture of the relationship (not sexual) between the Church and Christ.  To profane this wonderful prophetic book, a picture of both earthly human marriage and the marriage of Christ and His Church is sickening, in fact blasphemous.

Here is what I found on a blog by someone who has obviously bought into the false IHOP teachings.

Today I bring you “Sailed On” by Landon Pigg, an absolutely incredible song. I imagine these words being song over us by God as a rebuke of our religious lifestyles and failure to abide.

Sailed On

    Please don’t do what I say 
    Cause if you don’t love me, its worthless anyway 
    Please don’t trouble yourself 
    You’ll only go away in the end

    Please don’t follow all my commands 
    Cause whats the point in that 
    I keep hoping that all of your plans 
    Will fall through the roof

    Chorus: 
    Like two ships passing in the night we’re gone 
    Only the moon and the stars in the sky did know 
    To cry for me 
    As I sailed on

    Please don’t trouble yourself 
    I only want your love 
    You keep giving me your help 
    Oh please stop playing along 
    You know your wasting your energy 
    And your breaking my heart

    (Chorus)

    Oh I can just see it now (I can see it now) 
    Your recklessly in love 
    Your hearts boiling over 
    Oh I can just see it now 
    Your coming around

(Unintentional Worship: Landon Pigg – Sailed On, http://www.ourrisingsound.com/tag/lyrics/)

I don’t know where this Pigg person, who wrote this song, learned this stuff but it goes directly against what the Bible teaches about proving our love for the Lord by obeying His commands.

Joh 14:15  “If you love me, you will obey what I command. 
Joh 14:23  Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 
Joh 14:24  He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. 
Joh 15:10  If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 
1Jo 5:3  This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,

The above lyrics give the impression that love for God is actually proved by not obeying His commands.  Whenever you see Bible teaching being turned inside out or spun 180 degrees out of phase you know you are dealing with doctrines of demons.

1Ti 4:1  The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.

Where did these people get their inspiration for this new wave of “worshipping” God by promoting a spiritual/sexual union with God?  It comes from the same Catholic mystics that the Emerging Church people have been studying (instead of their Bibles, I might add).

The writings of mystics in the Middle Ages echo the passion of the Song of Solomon and indicate the intimacy which characterized their relationship with their Saviour.

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux 
(1090-1153)

St Bernard, from France, was the compiler of the Rule of the Order of Knights Templar. He wrote eighty-six sermons on the Canticle (Song of Songs). Towards the end of his life Bernard attempted to describe how he himself experienced the coming of the Word – the Bridegroom – to the soul.

    You ask, then, how I knew that He was present, since His ways are past finding out? Because the Word is liv-ing and effective, and as soon as ever He entered into me, He has aroused my sleeping soul, and stirred and softened and pricked my heart, that hitherto was sick and hard as stone. He has begun to pluck up and destroy, to build and to plant, to water the dry places and shed light upon the dark, to open what was shut, to warm the chill, to make the crooked straight and the rough places plain; so that my soul has blessed the Lord and all that is within me praised His Holy Name. Thus has the Bridegroom entered into me.[3]

Hildegard of Bingen 
(1098-1179)

Hildegard claimed to see visions from a young age. She wrote,

    “Creation is allowed in intimate love to speak to the Creator as if to a lover. As the Creator loves the creation, so the creation loves the Creator. The whole world has been embraced by this kiss.”[2]

Gertrude the Great was a nun of the abbey of Helfta in Saxony. Her devotional “Exercise of Divine Love,” uses the Song of Songs as part of a step by step progression on the road to God. The text admonishes:

    At Lauds, pray that you be taught the art of Love; At Prime, that you be led into the school of love with God as a teacher and master; At Terce, that you learn the alphabet with which the Spirit writes his law of love on your heart; At Sext, that you learn to know the Lord not only by syllables but also by theory; At None, that you be accepted into the militia of love and bound by oath; At Vespers, that you march in the armor of love and triumph over evil; At Compline, that you become oblivious to the world and be consummated in loving union with God.

She continues in a more amorous vein:

    Ah! Show me your face and let me contemplate your radiance. Lo, “your face,” which the most beautiful dawn of divinity illuminates, “is pleasant and comely” (6:3). Miraculously, your cheeks blush with “omega” and “alpha” (Apocalypse 1:8). Very bright eternity burns inextinguishably in your eyes. There God’s salvation glows as red for me as a lamp. There radiant charity sports merrily with luminous truth. The scent of life breathes forth from you to me. “Honey and milk drip down from your mouth” (4:11) to me.” [3]

John of the Cross wrote “The Spiritual Canticle of the Soul and the Bridegroom Christ” in the 16th century.

    O you soul, then, most beautiful of creatures, who so long to know the place where your Beloved is, that you may seek Him, and be united to Him, you know now that you are yourself that very tabernacle where He dwells, the secret chamber of His retreat where He is hidden. Rejoice, therefore, and exult, because all your good and all your hope is so near you as to be within you; or, to speak more accurately, that you can not be without it, “for lo, the kingdom of God is within you.” So says the Bridegroom Himself, and His servant, St. Paul, adds: “You are the temple of the living God.” What joy for the soul to learn that God never abandons it, even in mortal sin; how much less in a state of grace! …Courage, then, O soul most beautiful, you know now that your Beloved, Whom you desire, dwells hidden within your breast; strive, therefore, to be truly hidden with Him, and then you shall embrace Him, and be conscious of His presence with loving affection. [4]

The “Friends of God”

Henry Suso (c. 1295-1366) was a part of the “Friends of God”, a loosely constituted and informal but wide-spread spiritual and mystical movement. In his written answer to Elizabeth Stäglin who begged to be told more of what God is, he wrote:

    Ah, gentle God, if Thou art so lovely in Thy creatures, how exceedingly beautiful and ravishing Thou must be in Thyself. … … Come, daughter, thou hast now found thy God, whom thy heart has so long sought after. Look upwards, then, with sparkling eyes and radiant face and bounding heart, and behold Him and embrace Him with the infinite outstretched warms of thy soul and thy affection, and give thanks and praise to Him, the noble Prince of all creatures.

One of his contemporaries, Flemish mystic Jan van Ruysbroek (1293-1381), author of the “Adornment of the Spiritual Marriage”, also explored the inward life and described:

    The pure soul feels a constant fire of love, which desires above all things to be one with God, and the more the soul obeys the attraction of God the more it feels it, and the more it feels it the more it desires to be one with God.[4]

Developments in the Reformation

Madame Guyon (1647-1717). French mystic. Her written works include, “The Song of Songs of Solomon.”

    VERSE 1. Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth. 
    THIS kiss, which the soul desires of its God, is essential union, or a real, permanent and lasting possession of its divine object. It is the SPIRITUAL MARRIAGE. 
    … This, then, is the lofty and intimate union that the Spouse so pressingly demands at the hand of the Bridegroom. She asks it of Him as though she was addressing another; an impetuous sally of love, giving vent to her passion without particular thought as to whom she was speaking. Let Him kiss me, says she, since He can do it, but let it be with the kisses of His mouth; no other union can content me; that alone can satisfy all my desires, and that is what I demand.[5] (Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridal_theology)

Looks like Heather Clark and the others whose lyrics are detailed above got their ideas from Madame Guyon, a mystic and pantheist.

As I just stated, these people are some of the influences and mentors for Emerging Church leaders such as Brian McLaren, Leonard Sweet, Richard Foster and a whole host of others.  John Wimber, whose CORE group that initially implemented his Vineyard movement, was teaching Bridal theology. Today many others in the New Apostolic Reformation such as Mike Bickle (IHOP and Bridegroom Movement), other Kansas City Prophets, C. Peter Wagner and his New Apostolic “apostles” are following the ideas of the above heretics and mystics of the Catholic Church.  They are leading the churches further and further into apostasy.  If these people are promoting some kind of sexual relationship with their so-called “Jesus” we need to rebuke them and if they refuse to discontinue their adherance to this music and the false teachings of Mike Bickle, then we need to mark and avoid them.

Those promoting this movement and its music are a leaven that is leavening the whole lump.  If your church has not been leavened yet I suggest you get the leaven out before it activates and you have no choice but to leave your church.

Great article from the Berean Calls TA McMahon

The Battle over Truth for Our Youth
T. A. McMahon

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. Psalm 119:9

 
Believers throughout every generation have experienced manifold problems in their attempts to live for Christ. Although circumstances and situations may vary greatly over millennia, God has nevertheless provided His remedy, which is both timeless and completely sufficient: “by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

When God has provided the solution, it doesn’t take special insight to recognize that Satan, God’s adversary, will make God’s Word the chief focus of his strategy of subversion. It began in the Garden of Eden, when the Serpent, in dialogue with Eve, cunningly seduced her into reconsidering what God had commanded: “Yea, hath God said…?” Dialogues have a way of subverting God’s absolutes by either adding erroneous content or subtracting critical truth. That has been Satan’s amazingly effective game plan throughout the ages as he has “blinded the minds of them which believe not” and shipwrecked the faith of some who believed (2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 Timothy 1:18-19).


The “Yea, hath God said…?” tactic is nearly always followed by a direct rejection of Scripture, as took place in the beginning (“Ye shall not surely die” -Genesis 3:4) and opens the way for God’s Word to be denigrated, scorned, distorted, mocked, lied about, and so forth. Although the Bible has been assaulted for thousands of years, Scripture tells us, and observation confirms, that the offensive against the Word will be unprecedented in the last days (2 Timothy 3:1; 4:3-4; 1 Timothy 4:1-2).


My personal observation of the Adversary’s strategy began as a biblical Christian some three decades ago, beginning with my work with Dave Hunt in exposing the cults (Cult Explosion and The God Makers documentary films), and shortly thereafter, alerting the church to cultic beliefs and practices that had crept in among Christian fellowships (The Seduction of Christianity). For what it’s worth, I’ve spent more than a quarter of a century observing and writing about trends within evangelical Christianity. Let me identify the tactics that I believe best exemplify Satan’s assaults on the Word in these last days before Christ’s return.


I was a Roman Catholic before being born again. Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God,” neither can he “enter the kingdom of God” (John 3:3, 5). I was both blind and separated from the kingdom of God until my spiritual rebirth, which Jesus declared was imperative: “Ye must be born again” (v.7). Although Jesus made it a “must,” many if not most evangelicals today pay little heed to what He commanded, and they consequently have accepted the more than one billion Roman Catholics as “brothers and sisters in Christ.” Among their numerous distortions of the teachings of Scripture, many Catholics profess to being “born again” based upon their having been baptized as infants. The Church of Rome similarly accepts all baptized non-Catholic Christians as “separated brethren.”


Thirty years ago, some young adult evangelicals confronted me with the fact that I was not their “brother in Christ” and explained to me what the Scriptures taught, which alone could make that relationship with Jesus a reality. Today, the influence of organizations such as Evangelicals and Catholics Together, Promise Keepers, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, most parachurch ministries on college campuses, the evangelical-supported Catholic movie The Passion of the Christ, and the rapid growth of ecumenism have created an atmosphere of accepting Catholics as believers. Consequently, I (and many others that I know) have been rebuked by evangelicals for pointing out that the Roman Catholic Church has a gospel that is contrary to the Scriptures–and therefore can save no one. Moreover, we’ve been told that we have offended “fellow Catholic Christians” by witnessing to them. This is an unprecedented latter-day development among evangelicals, especially those in Christian universities and colleges.


Today’s “twenty-something” age group, give or take a few years, has become a targeted generation by the Adversary in ways that are unparalleled in modern church history. This objective is in keeping with the undermining of the Word of God by diluting, even denying, its authority. What makes the strategy particularly insidious is that it’s an inside job, i.e., it’s being perpetrated by those who claim to be evangelicals or who at least have evangelical roots. Referred to as the Emerging Church Movement, it’s a development that is attempting to reach today’s post-modern culture for Christ by “reinventing Christianity,” making it more accommodating to the attitudes of young adults. For example, since the post-modern generation is characterized by a disdain for authority, whatever seems to suggest authority, such as preaching or teaching, is downplayed or revamped as “conversation.” (See TBC 1/08,3/08,8/08,12/08)


Sound doctrine, which 2 Timothy 4:3 tells us will not be endured in the last days, is antithetical to this movement. Its most prolific author, Brian McLaren, demonstrates this throughout his writings: “The church latched on to that old doctrine of original sin like a dog to a stick, and before you knew it, the whole gospel got twisted around it. Instead of being God’s big message of saving love for the whole world, the gospel became a little bit of secret information on how to solve the pesky legal problem of original sin.”1 Elsewhere he says, “I don’t think we’ve got the gospel right yet. What does it mean to be saved?…None of us have arrived at orthodoxy.”2 On the contrary, I know a number of five and six-year olds who have “arrived at orthodoxy” by understanding and believing the simple gospel.


The Emerging Church Movement comes closer to fulfilling Paul’s prophetic warning to the Ephesian elders (Acts 20: 28-31) than any other recent trend of which I’m aware. Indeed Emergent leaders are “speaking perverse things” and “drawing away disciples after themselves.” TBC has received numerous letters from parents and evangelical pastors who find their young people seeking out emergent churches for the “new” experiences, which they offer in abundance: religious art (primarily impressionistic images of “Jesus”), “biblical” films, rituals based upon Catholic/Orthodox liturgy, “community,” personal relationships, contemplative spirituality and mysticism (some include yoga), Bible “dialogues,” ecumenical interaction with “people of faith,” a social gospel, plans to save the planet, restore the kingdom, and so forth.


The “Yea, hath God said…?” strategy has been very successful in undermining the critical belief in the sufficiency of the Word of God. Although the Bible claims to be sufficient for “all things that pertain unto life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3), many Christians who profess to believe the Bible no longer regard it as sufficient. This is particularly evident regarding counseling. Many evangelical churches have become a major referral source for secular psychotherapists; shepherds more often than not are committing their sheep to such God-denying hirelings for resolving life’s issues.


This may be Satan’s most cunning scheme in his assault against the Word and the Body of Christ. It is a process of seduction and intimidation. Psychological counseling has been advertized as a scientific endeavor that will help resolve the mental, emotional, and behavioral problems  that Christians encounter in their daily life. Nothing could be further from the truth! It is neither scientific nor is it helpful (see Psychology and the Church: Critical Questions, Crucial Answers). Furthermore, its more than 500 psychotherapeutic concepts and methods are contradictory to biblical truth. Yet believers, especially pastors, have been intimidated by the myth that counseling is for professionals only and that only those with academic training are qualified to address a person’s mental and emotional problems. Not only is that a rejection of what the church has practiced for two-thousand years, it is at odds with current research showing that professionals do not possess demonstrably superior therapeutic skills compared with nonprofessionals. Moreover, studies reveal that professional mental health education, training, and experience are not necessary prerequisites in order to be an effective and God-ordained helper.


Foundationally, psychotherapy and the teachings of the Bible are diametrically opposed to each other. Psychology teaches that man has within himself, that is, his self, all that he needs for his mental and emotional wellbeing. His problems, therefore, stem from issues external to himself. The Bible declares that man has a sinful nature that he himself cannot change. His heart is the problem, for from it originates every sort of evil (Mark 7:21-23). When attempts are made by Christians to combine psychology with the teachings of Scripture, it is, wittingly or unwittingly, the addition of “a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12) and a variation of the “Yea, hath God said…?” dialogue, resulting in the corruption of God’s Word.


The influence of psychology has spread throughout the church today like a plague. The Apostle Paul prophesied that the root lie of psychotherapy would prevail in the days before our Lord’s return: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves” (2 Timothy 3:1-2). This humanistic cornerstone of self-love has become a new doctrine within evangelical Christianity, taught from many of the most popular pulpits. Sermons more often than not quote psychologists and teach their unbiblical psychological concepts for credibility. National evangelical conferences that do not include a prominent psychologist as an “expert” on problems of living are few and far between.


So-called Christian psychologists are often better known and more respected by evangelicals than preachers and teachers. In fact, the most prominent and most influential evangelical in America is not an evangelist, not a preacher, not a Bible teacher–but a psychologist: Dr. James Dobson. He heads up a list of “counselors” who integrate psychology with the Bible and have become household names among Christians, including Gary Smalley, John Trent, Henry Cloud, David Stoop, Larry Crabb, John Townsend, Les and Leslie Parrot, H. Norman Wright, and on and on. Chief among organizations that undermine Scripture by mixing it with psychotherapy is the evangelical-founded American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). It recently produced The Bible For Hope, a “newly revised counselor’s Bible,” which features 116 theme articles–most of them contributed by those with psychological counseling backgrounds, from psychiatrists to clinical psychologists and to marriage and family counselors. 


Although the AACC boasts “50,000 members and growing stronger every day!”, it pales in comparison to another entity of great influence that is producing hundreds of thousands of young people who are taught to integrate psychology with Scripture: Christian colleges and universities. The second most popular career choice among evangelical institutions of higher learning is the pseudoscience of psychology. The “Yea, hath God said…?” subversion of Scripture rages on today, with accepted “truths” from Freud, Jung, Maslow, Rogers, and a host of other atheists, humanists, and anti-Christians.


The battle for this generation of youth is intensifying. Dave Hunt addresses another onslaught, the new militant atheism, in his soon-to-be published book, Cosmos, Creator, and Human Destiny, and notes a particular assault that is without precedent: “The Blasphemy Challenge”: 


The Rational Response Squad is giving away 1001 DVDs of The God Who Wasn’t There, the hit documentary that the Los Angeles Times calls “provocative–to put it mildly.” There’s only one catch: We want your soul. It’s simple. You record a short message damning yourself to Hell, you upload it to YouTube, and then the Rational Response Squad will send you a free The God Who Wasn’t There DVD. It’s that easy. (http://www.blasphemychallenge.com/)


What can we do to prevent our young people from being seduced by the advancement of the apostasy? Teach them the Word. Disciple them. Teach them to be sound in doctrine.


I recently spent some time with young adult leaders here and in England. Many feel overwhelmed by what’s taking place but are not without hope. They see the apostasy as a flood that cannot be turned back (outside of a sovereign act of God), yet they are optimistic that many can be rescued. They are aware that most of their peers who profess to be Christians have not been grounded in the faith, many are distracted by and attracted to the world, and some even think they are Christians because of their family ties. Nevertheless, these committed leaders are hopeful that the older generation–those mature in the Lord and who love His Word–will reach out to the younger generation, whether in Bible studies or one-on-one situations, as disciplers, mentors, teachers, and encouragers in Christ. They believe that the Lord will help them to reach those who He knows are willing to take up their crosses and follow Him. Their continual prayer is for more seasoned laborers from the older generation to come alongside their peers.


The Bible is the most exciting book there is, yet for years here in the U.S. our children have been fed a “let me entertain you” diet with only a hint of scriptural nutrition. That’s part of Satan’s “Yea, hath God said…?” strategy. The consequence is an upcoming generation that is, for the most part, spiritually anemic and ripe for the various schemes of apostasy. Deprived of the objective truths of Scripture, they are easy prey for those who would entice them through the subjective and experiential, that is, their “feelings.” Nevertheless, our marching orders involve a rescue operation as found in 2 Timothy 2:24-25: “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.”


Pray for our young people that they would have a heart for truth, but then seek out those of their generation to whom the Lord would have you minister His love 

and truth. TBC

Endnotes

1. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2004/november/12/36.html?start=4.
2. Brian MacLaren, The Last Word After That (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2005), 134.