Essential Discipleship Today

   We live in a time of apostasy. By definition this is “a total rejection of Christianity by a baptized person who, having at one time professed the Christian faith, publically rejects it.” This is the position of a growing number of religious, academic and political leaders today.

   I am reminded of Pilate’s pivotal question of Jesus — “What is truth?” (John 18:38). The latter was facing the greatest Truth Teller who ever lived. It is fascinating to note that Pilate walked away before gaining an answer, and went to those who challenged the truth — the misguided Jewish leaders (v.38b).

   So today, we have those who have access to both the truth and the Truth Teller. Yet they now fit what Paul referred to in his second letter to Timothy (that offers an apt description of America today): “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what they want their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from truth and turn aside to myths.” (4:3-4)

   Yes, radical are the “myths” being promoted today…the antithesis of G-O-D’s Good Orderly Direction found in His Word — the promotion of homosexuality, transgender identity, gender choice, and abortion. All have at their core, ...

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