In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a prevailing postmodern philosophy of deconstructionism has magnified our metaphysical fears and propelled our American society into a panic of epic proportion. It is distressing enough when many in our nation are trying to deny or “deconstruct” the established facts of God’s creation, like those involving gender, sexuality, or the sanctity of life. But now this novel virus, the current plague of the day, has brought the delusional masses face-to-face with the reality of their collective mortality, and they don’t like it one bit. It has interfered with their desperate attempts at self-actualization and the frantic building of lavish castles in the air where death has no lodging.
They were led to believe by our cultural institutions that digital consumerism, universal health care and Silicon Valley would protect them from having to grapple with their inevitable demise in this shiny, transhumanistic world-in-the-making. To the public’s shock, however, the presumptuous coronavirus had other plans and brazenly jammed a monkey wrench into their carefully-constructed illusions of immortality. Its sudden appearance on the world stage easily stoked the underlying fear of death which has beset mankind since the days of Adam and Eve, and it quickly produced from those primal embers the flames of existential angst.
This response, of course, was to be expected, at least by those students of history, human nature, and the teachings of the Bible. As Soren Kierkegaard rightly observed, both the account of the Garden of Eden and the emergence of modern psychology have confirmed this one undeniable fact: “Death is man’s particular and greatest anxiety.” read more…
For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires, and they will turn their ears away from the truth and will turn aside to myths. — 2 Timothy 4:3-4.
A jellyfish is a pretty and graceful object when it floats in the sea, contracting and expanding like a little, delicate, transparent umbrella. Yet the same jellyfish, when cast on the shore, is a mere helpless lump, without capacity for movement, self-defense, or self-preservation. Alas! It is a vivid type of much of the religion of this day, of which the leading principle is the widespread dislike of distinct biblical doctrine.
In the place of the Church’s once-strong views of truth, the idol of the day is a kind of Jellyfish Christianity – a Christianity without bone, or muscle, or sinew, without any distinct teaching about the atonement or the work of the Spirit, or justification, or the way of peace with God. It is a vague, foggy, misty Christianity, of which the only watchwords seem to be, “You must be liberal and kind. You must never condemn a man’s doctrinal views. You must consider everybody is right and nobody is wrong.” read more…
For vibrant Christians, this is an extremely difficult time for missional endeavors. As ambassadors for Christ who are called to be a light in this dark world, our shining joyful faces are essential in communicating the Gospel to those with whom we interact during the course of our day. The Gospel, you see, is conveyed with more than mere words or deeds. It is a message of love and grace that can be powerfully expressed in the very countenances of our faces, if fueled by the Holy Spirit. Does the Scriptures not tell us so?
To be sure, Christianity in the West is showing signs of worldly wear and tear. According to many reliable sources, our numbers are dwindling, our historical churches are being shuttered, and our Gospel message is rarely heralded as boldly as it once was. The future of the Christian faith, it seems, is in question. And yet did you know that there are over 1,000 centuries-old trees throughout the United Kingdom whose symbolic strength and longevity still preach on the everlasting nature of Christ’s kingdom and remind us that God is still on His throne?
This isn’t primarily a political uprising we are seeing in America, but a new secular religion spreading an alternative gospel in the abandoned spiritual territory of a failing Christianity.
Many Christians today are unaware of how much the Inklings were influenced by Occultism and esoteric philosophers, and how this dark cloud in their history cannot help but adversely affect their literary works, their theology, and even their Christian witness.
Have you ever felt like a mouse in a maze? Perhaps there is a spiritual reason we feel like we are scurrying around for no earthly reason.
Considering the deadly upheavals rising in the world today, some Christians who are spiritually asleep will be unmindful of the coming judgment. During their slumber, they will be oblivious to the spiritual conditions of their surroundings. While asleep, in fact, the enemy will have advanced against them. And then, one day soon, these Christian dreamers will experience a rude awakening when the alarm of God sounds off and they are tossed from their soft warm beds.
In a very real sense, Satan and his myriad of fallen angels are perfectly positioned like ethereal transmitters to disperse their deadly falsehoods to unsuspecting humanity below in order to undermine the truth of God. As professing Christians, what signal are we sending out to counter this vile static?