What is the condition of the church today? Is the bride of Christ pure like our Lord commanded? Or have we compromised and sold our birthright for a bowl of stew?
The church, made up of true believers, is to be the assembly of those who are the light of the world (Matt. 5:14) and salt of the earth (Matt. 5:13). But sadly, as we see the church compromise and the world’s acceptance and approval of us loom large in the hearts of many, our influence wanes to the point of being a non-factor in our culture. How did that happen? We allowed our focus to move from the Lord to ourselves as we judge truth by how it affects each of us. This is the current condition of the church.
And it really should not be any surprise to us. After all, Jesus said it would be this way for those who live, like we do, in the Laodicean church age.
Denial of God – Luke 17:26; 2 Timothy 3:4-5
Denial of Christ – 1 John 2:18; 4:3; 2 Peter 2:6
Denial of Christ’s Return – 2 Peter 3:3-4
Denial of the Faith – 1 Timothy 4:1-2; Jude 3
Denial of Sound Doctrine – 2 Timothy 4:3-4
Denial of the Separated Life – 2 Timothy 3:1-7
Denial of Christian Liberty – 1 Timothy 4:3-4
Denial of Morals – 2 Timothy 3:1-8,13; Jude 18
Denial of Authority – 2 Timothy 3:4
What else does the Scripture teach about the condition of the church in the end times?
What is the Condition of the Church Today?
There are many Scriptures that show us the condition of the church at the end. And the major description of the church is apostasy. They have left their first love (Rev. 2:4). Let me just share a few with you.
1 Timothy 4:1-3 – Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 – But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
And there are many more. This should shed some light on the condition of the church today.
If you want to know more, including how to soar in times of great compromise, keep listening.