A major survey by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life finds that most Americans have a non-dogmatic approach to faith.
A majority of those who are affiliated with a religion, for instance, do not believe their religion is the only way to salvation. And almost the same number believes that there is more than one true way to interpret the teachings of their religion.*
This is sad that faith is not the leading component in so many lives. God requires us to be totally committed to Him. Our faith in God should not be treated as a religion, but a way of life.
While the majority of the members profess a belief in God, more than half of them do not accept their faith as being the one true faith that leads to eternal life. What good is faith if one cannot be sure it is going to accomplish for them the reward of eternal life?
The most powerful weapon that Satan uses is the uncommitted Christian.
Sadly also is the fact that many so called Christians think that there are different ways to reach God. Such belief brazenly calls Jesus Christ a liar. For Jesus said in John 14:6 *I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me* There is no other way for a cognizant accountable person to get to Heaven, yet this forum*s poll suggest that half of the Christian community believes there is another way. Since the Bible is the only source in the world that explains how to get to heaven, show us the verse that teaches salvation apart from Jesus Christ. It cannot be shown, because there is only one way as far as God is concerned.
Being a weak Christian is one of the greatest victories for Satan. Satan does not need one to get down and dirty with the vilest of sins. All Satan needs, is for someone to not do what God commands.
The scriptures are plentiful that describes a faith that actually follows the teachings of God. Obedience is a requirement that God holds everyone accountable to. Yet many treat the commands as options or suggestions.
So how does Satan win? He wins when people do not make it to heaven. This seems to be Satan's major effort, and Satan has been busy in this quest. Satan wins when error is taught and souls are lost because they believed the lie (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12). Satan wins when a Christian does not let their light shine (Matthew 5:16). Satan wins when we fellowship the unfruitful works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11). Satan wins when brethren do not get along. Satan wins when we let our guard down. Satan wins when we don't study our Bibles, and apply the principles of the word of God to our lives.
Why the lack of faith on the part of many of the members of these churches? I suggest that most preachers are trying to be politically correct. The church leaders who are not wishing to offend people and possibly chase away those who have a weakened faith. Many have changed religion into a matter of convenience rather than a strict guideline to reach heaven. The church leaders are not willing to hold people accountable in the faith.
So what do they do? They turn and try to make God in man's image rather than tell people that we are made in His image. They have taken the Bible and set it aside for philosophy, or feel-good, health and wealth teachings.
Satan is going about seeking whom he can destroy (1 Peter 5:8). Satan does not attack those who are lost because he already has them, rather, He seeks to devour the faithful, and a person weak in the faith is a suitable target for Satan.
Joshua said that it was time to make a choice. Joshua 24:15
Elijah told the people in 1 Kings 18:21 *How long will you hesitate between two opinions? *If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.* But the people did not answer him a word*.
And we see where that got them.
By Carey Scott
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