“For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.” -Jude 1:4
A church that does not stand on Scripture alone, through faith alone, by grace alone, in Christ alone, for the glory of the most high God alone, will not withstand in times of trouble.
I have written recently on the defection from truth by many in the professing church through the acceptance and glorification of people who appear to claim Christ, but do not hold Scripture as authoritative. We see it most plainly in the music and teachings that are now popular among evangelicals. The Church has been dealt a death blow by false doctrine and the idea that philosophy and science are now the lens through which we interpret the Bible. Discernment and absolute truth have given way to emotionalism and opinion. Many preachers now are more concerned with expositing the latest hit movie and transforming the way they structure church services in order to fit within with what will attract the most people. No longer is our sole focus the glorification of the one, true, and holy God and the conviction to preach biblical truth, holding the word of God high for all to see.
Broken Arrow is a term used by the American military, meaning that something of great importance has been lost. More recently however the term has been adapted (officially or unofficially) to mean that an American unit has been overrun. When an incident like this occurs the severity of the term broken arrow implies that the loss of life is imminent and that all available military personnel and aircraft are to respond to drop ordnance on or near their position. I have only witnessed a situation of this magnitude once, while serving in Afghanistan. An Afghan National Police outpost about a kilometer from our position was overwhelmed and overrun by Taliban Insurgents one night. They were caught by surprise in a well planned attack by nearly thirty Taliban fighters and it resulted in the compromise of the safety they had previously enjoyed within the confines of their fortified station. Our position was located on a hill overlooking the Afghan Police outpost and I was able to observe the destruction and loss of life that ensued as the fighters overpowered the occupants, methodically moved through the compound killing police officers, stripping them of uniforms, and taking weapons and vehicles formerly in their possession. A massive upset of positional power and the loss of life was the result of a seemingly innocent decision to only have one or two men standing guard that night. They had become comfortable in their environment and believed that the enemy wasn’t as large of a threat anymore because they had been beaten so many times in the past. Those Taliban fighters capitalized on that false sense of security and attacked when and where the police least expected it. The Taliban hadn’t changed anything, they didn’t become more superior fighters overnight, and they didn’t acquire some new weapon which helped them to achieve this upset. They simply waited until they knew that the police were comfortable and likely no longer paying much attention. Complacency killed those police officers.
This physical example is not a far cry from the spiritual state which we find much of the professing American Church in today. Unaware of any danger, the Church is methodically being overrun with superficiality, false doctrine, and the pursuit of carnality.
“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” -1 Timothy 6:12
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,” -Ephesians 6:10-18
John MacArthur on the subject of false doctrines and false teachers, says this:
“Let me just give you a simple principle to keep in mind. The gospel is not offering people what they want apart from God and apart from Christ. The gospel is not offering what the natural man in his carnality and his lostness already wants. What does he want? What does every unregenerate person want? Health, wealth, success, prestige, influence, happiness, calm, peace. That’s what an unregenerate person wants that’s not what the gospel offers. If somebody is offering people what they want in their carnal lost condition, it’s not the gospel. The gospel says you’re a sinner, you’re undone, you must be broken before God, you must give up everything you have, take up the cross and follow Him. And the return? Eternal life. That’s the gospel. So if you hear somebody offering people what they want in their lost condition, that’s not the gospel. And that doesn’t demonstrate the work of the Holy Spirit.”
Don’t follow along with the trends of American evangelicals without first examining what is being presented. Measure everything against Scripture so that we do not allow the enemy into our camp. Complacency in this area has very serious implications. We need men in the Church who are willing to stand up and fight for truth. We need congregations who sharpen each other, exhorting each to pursue truth and rejoicing in our ability to understand what the word of God says through the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. We need pastors, elders, and leaders in the church who are shepherds, guarding their flock against any and every threat and leading their congregations to worship the most high God in spirit and in truth. Be faithful to stand on the word of God in all things and be valiant in your allegiance to Christ.
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” -1 Corinthians 15:58
“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” -1 Corinthians 16:13
“But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” -Matthew 24:13