Summary: The return of Christ.
[this is an emergency]
I remember watching an episode of The Way of the Master (www.wayofthemaster.com) a while back, which is an evangelistic outreach program, headed by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron. During the particular episode I was watching, Ray was taking a survey, asking people (including believers) if they could name each of the Ten Commandments.
What Ray discovered through this questionnaire was that most people could not provide an answer to his question. Truth be told, there are alarming statistics which reveal Biblical illiteracy among evangelical Christians here is the U.S today. The Barna Group (www.barna.org) researches and provides polls concerning the spiritual state of our nation. Much of what has been uncovered through this research is that while people remain spiritually active (attending and being involved with church), their faith is inactive outside of the church.
In his book, Revolution, George made the following observations. First, typical churched believers will die without leading a single person to a lifesaving knowledge and relationship with Jesus. Second, the majority of believers do not have a specific person in mind that they are praying for hoping that individual is saved. Third, only around 9 percent of born-again Christians hold to a Biblical worldview. Fourth, less than one out of every six churched believer has a relationship with another believer outside of the local church for spiritual accountability.
The reality we face in our nation is that believers have accepted a lifestyle that does not reflect what Christ has spoken of in the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5-7. Many believers live their lives through the local church and not through Christ. Without accountability, discipleship and evangelism, believers have allowed the culture around them to dictate aspects of their faith which has polluted the practice of biblical Christianity. No longer is doctrine upheld for the sake of absolute truth but is disregarded on grounds of tolerance.
These realities speak of the evangelical community. Outside of the community of faith lies the fate of the lost who face STD’s, teenage pregnancy, abortion, suicide and drug abuse. Without truth to be their guide, life is no longer considered sacred and a woman’s right to choose negates the right of a unborn child to be born. This is an emergency. We live in a world where we simply cannot abandon God’s call for the sake of tolerance.
One of Christ’s themes which grew more paramount as his death was imminent was his eventual departure and return to the world. He began to discuss this truth that he would be returning to the world to take those who followed him and believed in him to a place he was preparing. To validate his return, Christ himself pointed to the signs of the times. These signs were indicators that the end was in fact coming. The signs themselves covered a variety of circumstances and issues such as the immorality and lawlessness of the people, intentional disobedience, wars and rumors of wars, and natural disasters of all kinds.