Christians Not Getting the Job Done :: By Bill Wilson

As a prophetic people living in a prophetic time, we Christians should be focused on the commands of Jesus rather than self-indulgent, extra-biblical and emotional activities that are distractions from The Great Commission.

Jesus said in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.”

In Mark 16:15, he said, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

Are we effective witnesses? Are we as a whole obeying and serving Jesus? According to a recent poll by the American Culture and Faith Institute, we have some work to do.

Executive Director and Founder, George Barna, developed a measure that evaluates if a person has confessed their personal sin, asked Jesus Christ to save them, and believes they will live eternally in Heaven only because of His grace toward them. Barna reports that the “proportion of adults who meet the born-again criterion has been on a downward trajectory since 2010. For the 15-year period from 1991 through 2005, an average of 40% of the adult population qualified as born again. That average rose slightly, to 44%, during the five years from 2006 to 2010. Since that time, however, the mean has plummeted to just 36%, with 2017 producing the lowest proportion of born-again adults since Barna began the tracking process in 1991.”

According to Barna’s research, the 2017 average indicates that just 31% of adults are born again, and this trend is not likely to reverse itself.

Barna says, “An analysis of faith by age group indicates that America’s two older generations are more likely to be born again than are younger adults: 33% of those age 65 or older and 37% of people ages 50 to 64 are born again. In comparison, 31% of those in their 30s and 40s are born again while only 23% of adults under 30 fit the criteria. As older Americans pass away, the population proportion of younger adults will increase, continuing to drive down the born-again proportion in the years to come. Children and teenagers are exhibiting a lower likelihood of becoming born again, too, further limiting the possibility of the growth of this segment.”

Barna noted, “Fewer churches emphasize and equip people for evangelism these days, and the results are obvious and undeniable. The implications of ignoring gospel outreach – especially among children, who are the most receptive audience to the gospel – are enormous. All the ‘church growth’ strategies in the world cannot compensate for the absence of an authentic transmission of the good news of what Jesus Christ has done for humanity.”

Herein is the problem in my opinion: the vast majority of churches are teaching doctrines of self-improvement rather than service and obedience to God. Many have lost sight of the importance of being born again and the subsequent enthusiasm for serving the Lord and spreading the good news. We all need to prayerfully consider these trends.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

www.dailyjot.com

Being Hypocritically Accused :: By Bill Wilson

Sexual harassment is the new Russia. Everywhere you look, there are stories about sexual harassment. Congress and Hollywood both expect more women to come forward. And in most cases, just like the accusations about Russia, the accuser is the one who is doing the deed. Think about it. Hillary Clinton was the most vocal about the current president doing underhanded deals with Russia. So far, nothing has been revealed about President Trump’s dealings with Russia, but a lot has been revealed about Clinton’s pay for influence deals with Russia. Clinton and her ilk were also most vocal about women’s rights, yet they are now on the defensive about sexual assault–Hypocritical accusers, all.

Strangely enough, the liberals, the ones who speak the loudest against the misogyny and chauvinism of the conservative, are among the most egregious violators of women’s rights—the men being accused of sexual harassment by dozens upon dozens of women. And the female protectors of women’s rights, such as Nancy Pelosi has accused the women of of purposely victimizing Democratic male officeholders for their alleged sexual assaults and harassments. Hillary Clinton has done the same for decades—just ask the 18 or so women who were victims of her husband’s inappropriate sexual exploits, or the victims of Anthony Weiner, Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s estranged husband.

Liberals often are the quickest to judge their political opposition for even the slightest accusation. In reality, however, it is often the accuser who is committing worse than the accused. It’s really called bearing false witness as well as judging others. Of course, many would give them a pass because they are not practicing Christians or Jews. Notwithstanding, we have seen Hillary Clinton toting a Bible when it is advantageous. Nancy Pelosi has often claimed to be following the Catholic doctrine—yet she promotes abortion and defends men in the Democratic Party accused of sexual harassment. In their eyes Republican candidate Roy Moore, now accused of something that allegedly happened 40 years ago, is guilty.

A lot is written in the Bible about false accusations and judging others hypocritically. Certainly, believers are held to a higher standard, but nonbelievers are not without accountability. In Romans 1, Paul writes about those who profess themselves wise, and change the glory of the “uncorruptible God” into an image made like to corruptible man. Paul lists the characteristics of these people—both male and female—and says they are without excuse. Verse 32 says, “Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. Romans 2:3 continues: “And think you this, O man, that judges them which do such things, and does the same, that you shall escape the judgment of God?” Surely these will have their reward.​​

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

www.dailyjot.com