EROSION OF GODLY
VALUES

W R Burner (Minister of the Gospel)


INTRODUCTION

Erosion of godly values has escalated in these latter days; with a desire to undermine the Word of God and replace it with a new social gospel that is taking root.  It was noted by an individual establishing communist goals: If any country grounded in Christian values cannot be overthrown until those roots are cut, to change culture, a long march through the institutions of learning is necessary (Antonio Gramsci).

Some goals identified enhance such a concept: Eliminate prayer in school; discredit family as an institution; break down cultural standards of morality; promote ungodly lifestyles as normal, healthy, and natural; infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with social religion, and discredit the Bible (The Naked Communist).


Erosion of Godly Values
Flow of Stench

Erosion of godly values is not a myth but a reality in the hour in which we live; with a flow of stench that raises from its far reaching effect. Erosion is the process of wearing something down, a gradual decline, lessening by an erosive force.  The force of Christianity; once moral nations has taken a backseat, as forces of evil undermine such an influence.

There is an instructive force of ungodliness coming forth, as a cancerous growth, that seems unstoppable.  There is a distorting of once held moral values by a wicked and adulterous generation that seeks to fit all into a flow of life that is contrary to God's Word (an erosion of godly values).

How Great a Matter
A Little Fire Kindles

Scripture reveals: Your tongue devises mischief (plans destruction); like a sharp razor, working deceitfully (Psalm 52:2).  The tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindles (James 3:5).  The tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison (James 3:8).

It was noted that the tongue was like a razor; the razor is a sharp and cutting one, and so is the tongue.  The tongue is a system (world) of iniquity (lawlessness) that sets on fire the whole course of life. We are seeing adversity springing forth that is ungodly in nature; an erosion of godly values, seeking to control and dominate, and it is the use of the tongue that promotes its continued livability.  

Conscience Seared

Scripture reveals: Now the Spirit (Spirit of God) speaks expressly, that in the latter times (which we are in) some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their conscience seared as a hot iron (1 Timothy 4:1-2).

It was noted that having one's conscience seared is being branded (scarred) in one's conscience.  We are seeing an increasingly disloyalty towards God's Word through its undermining, as in the Garden of Eden.  The result is an erosion of godly values, bringing many to disavow the Unadulterated (Pure) Word of God, not realizing the implications for doing so. 

Pulpit is Responsible 

A legendary evangelist of the first Great Awakening, Charles G. Finney, stated: Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitime fruits. If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours to a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it.

If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of Justice, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall apart, the pulpit is responsible for it.  Let us not ignore this fact; but let us lay it to heart, and awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals (erosion of godly values) of this nation.

Things that the Lord
Hates

Scripture reveals: Six things does the Lord hate; seven are an abomination to him. A proud (haughty) look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood (Proverbs 6:16-17).  A proud look is to look down on others, as being deplorable, unworthy to even be noticed, which is in direct opposition to the commandment to love one's neighbor as yourself.

It was noted that the pride of the heart reflects itself in one's demeanor; the bearing of disdain toward others. A lying tongue is with the intention to deceive others, and to hurt the character of others.  Hands that shed innocent blood reveals disdain for the sanctity of life (an erosion of godly values category). 

Heart That Devises
Wicked Imaginations

Things that the Lord's hates:  A heart that devises wicked imaginations (wicked plans), feet that swift in running to mischief (evil) (Proverbs 6:18).  It was noted that thoughts of wickedness are framed and formed in the heart, being the source and fountain of all wickedness, and placed in the midst of those hateful and abominable things, against God and man, forced and fabricated in the wicked heart of man.

Feet that be swift in running to mischief is to commit all manner of sin with greediness and relish doing so.  There is a captivity of the soul that takes place; when God's Word no longer is allowed to be nourished in one's heart and life.  This opens the door for erosion of godly values, and evil to be promulgated in such an environment.

Spreading Discontent

Things that the Lord hates: A false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows (spreads) discord among brethren (Proverbs 6:19).  It was noted that a false witness that speaks lies is bearing false witness against one's neighbor, a breach of the eighth commandment.  Such an individual raises lies, spreads them abroad, and swears to them, to the damage of others

He that sows (spreads) discord among brethren, whether in a natural relation, in a civil society, or in a religious community, is noted as the most abominable.  Erosion of godly values often is associated with the spreading of falsehoods that countermands the Word of God.

Religious Community Not
Held Guiltless

The religious community is not held guiltless; when recognition is given to that which is an abomination in the sight of God, with Biblical truths no longer pursued by many. It was noted that the religious movement is now tempted to pursue social entertainment of the masses; a social gospel rather than sanctification (being set apart unto God), and respectability rather than the moving of God's Spirit. 

The future state of the church is in question in such an environment; with the church at a crossroads. The state of the futuristic church depends on which road will it take; new instructional teaching of men of God that leaves out the guiding principles of God's Word, or continued allegiance to that Word without compromise?

Tolerance of the Religious
World 

Sometime prior to his death, General Booth of the Salvation Army, uttered this significant prophecy: I consider that the chief dangers that confront the coming century will be Religion without the Holy Ghost (God's Spirit); Christianity without Christ; Forgiveness without regeneration; Morality without God; and Heaven without Hell.

It was noted that we are living in a very permissive day when the religious world is so tolerant to most any and all kinds of standards and lifestyles. This permissiveness and tolerance is the result of a self-willed and carnal minded society.  

As a result of this permissiveness and tolerance, there are many churches, and even dominations, which have altered their teachings, their standards (allowing erosion of godly values), and even their interpretations of the Scriptures to please, to comply with and accommodate this permissive and tolerant society.  Very few people this day hold to their heart's convictions; they change to blend in with their environment.

No Fear of God

It was noted that where there is no fear of God, no reverence for God, every evil can and will abound.  The idea that we humans will be good without God is a deceptive fallacy.  When people are devoid of the knowledge and wisdom that come from believing God and having reference for Him, they become morally corrupt, exceedingly evil, violent and destructive.

God, having power and authority to create, also has power and authority to destroy from the earth that which He creates.  This was shown by the Flood.  When humans become so evil, that every thought and imagination of the human mind and heart was only evil continually, God decided to destroy the humans He had created (with exception of Noah and his household).  To give and take away life are both within God's authority.

Mercy or Wrath

God's wrath, toward those who forsake Him is very real; as well as His mercy and compassion, as demonstrated in the case of Nineveh (over 600,000 inhabitants).  Scripture reveals: As Jonah begin to enter into the city a day's journey, he cried (cried out), and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown (destroyed). The people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth (a sign of repentance), from the greatest of them, even to the least of them (Jonah 3:3-5). 

And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented (relented) of the evil, that he said he would do to them, and he did it not (Jonah 3:10).  It was noted that God did not change in His ultimate intention toward the Ninevites, rather, they changed in their attitude toward Him.  On the basis of that change, God could deal with them in grace (mercy), rather than in judgment as their failure to repent, would have necessitated.  

A Nineveh type repentance came through the man of God preaching what God had ordained him to say!  No easing of the severity of it, but as given by God. Erosion of godly values, and adhering to God's Word, is because man has failure to proclaim: "What Thus Saith the Lord!" 

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