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Summary: We have witnessed devastation from flooding and erosion in our world. There is another form of erosion that is deadlier. It goes unseen until too late. It is surfacing in our society in political and cultural arenas, as morality and truth are jettison.

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Cornerstone Church September 18/19, 2010

“BETTER THAN GOLD AND HONEY”

Psalm 19:7-11

Chuck Swindoll recounts in his newest book: “The Church Awakening” about spending summers at his Grandparent’s cottage in Texas near the Gulf of Mexico. Let’s pick up the story:

“I remember one day when I was about ten years old. My Grandfather took me outside and said, ‘Every year this cliff drops off a little and wears away; I want to show you.’ He used a big word I never heard of before: erosion. We walked some distance from the edge, and he measured the space from that point to where the cliff dropped off to the water. He drove a stake into the ground to mark the spot. “You’re going to be here next summer,’ he told me, ‘and we’ll measure this again then.’”

He goes on to say:

“Webster defines erode in simple terms: ‘to diminish or destroy by degrees….To eat into or away by slow destruction of substance…To cause to deteriorate or disappear.’ Over the years, I have discovered three simple truths about erosion, all of which parallel Webster’s description. Rather than occurring rapidly, erosion is always slow. Instead of drawing attention to itself, erosion is always silent. And in place of being obvious, erosion is always subtle.”

“Indeed the safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings,

without milestones, without signposts.”

C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters, quoted by Swindoll

Chuck Swindoll, “The Church Awakening” pgs 3-5

It reminds me of the story of the frog in a kettle.

Place a frog in a pan of cold water and place it on the stove. Then turn up the temperature gradually until the water boils. The frog will not jump out!

“The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign LORD,

“when I will send a famine through the land — not a famine

of food or a thirst for water,

but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD.

Amos 8:11 NIV

“My people have committed two sins:

They have forsaken me, the spring of living water,

and have dug their own cisterns,

broken cisterns that cannot hold water.

Jer. 2:13 NIV

People today are looking everywhere in all sorts of places for spiritual truth.

Even Christians have bought into the notion that God’s Word is not enough.

We have capitulated and elevated man and his ability to reason and solve problems above the God who created us.

Social scientists

Behavioral psychologists

Philosophers

Educators

Religious thinkers

Politicians

The media elite

Many claim they possess the truth and understand the meaning to life and how to solve the world’s problems. But do they?

The greatest problem is not their lack of intellectual data.

Many of these people are honest and quite sincere in their pursuit of the truth.

They may hold the highest degrees from the greatest institutions. The dilemma, however, may be in what they have left out in their thinking. The truths revealed by God Himself.


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