“. . .preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.” (2 Timothy 4:2)
This passage from 2 Timothy shows us that Paul and Timothy faced a world not unlike ours. Modern day America bears much resemblance to the world of 1st Century Roman Empire. The majority of Americans are no longer united in their acceptance of the Judeo-Christian ethic of hard work and integrity. Adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lying and stealing are no longer considered crimes or even sins. Instead, they are acceptable and normal expressions of alternate lifestyles. In addition, many if not most Americans, like the ancient Romans, believe in or accept pluralism. Most tolerate and accept many, varied and competing gods, religions and philosophies.
In an effort to attract new people, many churches have adopted beliefs, ideas and practices from these new philosophies and religions, teachings alien to Biblical Christianity. Many have embraced eastern mysticism and popular psychology and watered down the gospel of salvation by faith in Jesus alone. They present a gospel that makes Christianity just another feel-good religion, a religion of self-fulfillment with man as the central focus, not God. Feelings and experience are more important than truth.
And like it or not, God has chosen us to preach His gospel for this time and for His purpose. He wants to use us to bring His word to the lost people in this world. He has chosen us each one of us and has given us the tools we need to carry out the mission, the same tools Christians have been using for 2000 years. He has left us His Holy Spirit acting through The Church to guide us, to empower us to carry out that work. And He has also left us His Word of truth. And we must daily so we may properly conduct the business of God’s Kingdom.