I have noticed a profound dichotomy in our culture. That is, discerning Christians notice our Godly values quickly slipping away, and a godless generation is taking the lead. Yet most people outside the church are totally oblivious to the paradigm shift that is taking place. There was a request from the amoral and godless populace of the ancient Roman Empire. It went like this: “Give us bread and circus and we are happy.” Life was devoid of meaning and their philosophy was live for today. Does this not remind you of the mindset of the “entitlement generation” of today? History always repeats itself. Millennials are defined as the generation that reached adulthood in 2000. As a preacher/pastor of thirty years, I can see (and so can you), that this generation is leading to the rapid demise of the Christian church. One can go into just about any Christian gathering, regardless of denomination, whether it be a worship service or a convention, and the first thing that one would notice is that the gathering is top heavy in age. A fellow pastor whose entire career has been spent working with youth, told me several weeks ago that: “Millennials do not believe in absolute truth.” How true. Years ago when I started in the ministry (the mid 1980’s), even people who refused to attend church would confide with you that they knew they should be there and would get right with God later. We are dealing with a different animal today. Now, the mindset is that the Bible is a myth, and no more true than Grimm’s Fairy Tales or Aesop’s Fables. Furthermore, this generation is infatuated with violence, and is nearly desensitized to bloodshed and even murder. The value of life and liberty is diminished. I look at President Obama’s “leadership.” He campaigned in Las Vegas immediately after the travesty in Benghazi, Libya. United States’ journalist James Foley was beheaded by the barbarian Isis radical Islamists, and after a glib perfunctory call to his parents, Obama was out on the golf course. Again, he made a bee line for the links after these same psychotics butchered twenty one Egyptian Coptic Christians a couple of days ago. This entire generation is desensitized to the simple values of decency, compassion and kindness. Americans see the foundation of this nation crumbling and our values that led to our greatness are all but gone. How else could you account for Isis and their successful recruiting of westerners to join in their murderous savagery?
I observe millennials in the church. Whatever they may hear from the Word of God is not employed in their lives. I watch one marriage after another implode, usually over unfaithfulness, as the couple often lacks the spiritual fortitude to strengthen their marriage through their trials and tribulations. I have baptized people who quickly thereafter enter a lifestyle of fornication, yet brazenly continue to attend church without an apparent smidgen of guilt! [The unrepentant fornicator will go to hell. Revelation 21:8, Galatians 5:19-21, I Corinthians 6:9-11, Ephesians 5:3-5]. Hebrews 13:4 “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” This is not hard to understand. There is no fear of God, nor reverence towards His Word and truth. I refuse to marry people who are “cohabitating,” since they have no idea of what marriage is. Then, of course, is the very famous millennial one size fits all excuse and it goes like this: “We cannot afford to live apart because of economic constraints, and we are living celibately in different bedrooms.” Were they not living within their means BEFORE they moved in together? The following passage reveals how unbiblical this mindset is: I Thessalonians 5:22 “Abstain from all APPEARANCE of evil.” A great many of this generation likewise, believe that sodomites (homosexuals) are born with this sexual proclivity, and are therefore totally devoid of sin, and they label anyone who would suggest otherwise a homophobe. The church is desperately grasping at straws, sometimes watering down the Gospel, and using every kind of marketing/methodology tool imaginable, in order to win this generation. I do not think this is Biblical in the least, and I believe that in the true church, we must all repent and get right with the Lord by coming through the front door without manmade shortcuts. I also wonder how many of these folks are reachable? No nation in the history of the Christian church age has been saturated with more truth and freedom than the United States of America. I believe personally that this generation is by and large Gospel hardened. Is this the terminal generation? Since they have no moral compass or core values of right and wrong, would they take the mark of the beast en masse in order to buy or to sell? Would they sell the farm for bread and circus? Would they submit to Sharia Law in order to save their skin? You be the judge. Lost people have absolutely no spiritual discernment whatsoever. In fact the Bible says “The natural man does not understand the things of God, they are foolishness unto him.” I believe that there is an entire generation of people today who are primed for mass deception. You think about that…
Disclaimer: This article obviously is not pointed to the younger people in the church who truly follow Christ. They shine all the brighter since they are in the minority. They can reach their peers more easily than many of us since they understand their world view so well. May God especially bless the younger folks who stand resolutely firm in Jesus Christ, refuse to compromise, and swim against the current.
Blessings, Pastor Steve