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Mar14ThuMarch 14, 2013We live in a church today that is filled with compromise. The world has seeped into the church and we need to sound the alarm. In reality the alarm has already been sounded from the likes of Ravenhill and Tozer but is the church listening. The church continues to slide down the slippery slope to obscurity. Churches have adopted worldly standards, which means the church does not look much different than society. Churches are closing across the country because the fire has gone out. Many have adopted the teachings of falseness as 2 Peter 2 states, “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories.” These teachings such as evolution (theistic) and the acceptance of homosexuality have been accepted by many churches as if it is sound doctrine. Oddly when I hear this subject talked about this term is used -LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender). I heard one minister preaching about this and he could not even call it what it was, he only used LGBT. He not once called it a SIN. This is all done in an effort to reach people for God even if the bible labels it as an abomination.A. W. Tozer made this great statement- "We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum." It seems that the compromising church of today is more interested in public relations than it is with a relationship with God. It is not our job to make people feel good about their sin. When we live by the word of God, we cannot tolerate sin in the church. Because the church has done this we end up with a powerless church. The sad part is most churches either do not know they are powerless or they refuse to believe they are powerless. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 4:19 “But I will come to you very soon, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have. 20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” The church today is filled with talkers but this should not be a surprise because 2 Timothy 3:1 “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” Titus 1 says, “Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith 14 and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth. 15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.” Will we be the generation who stands for the word of God no matter what? The radical Christian’s job is not to make the bible acceptable to the world by changing what it says but our job is being acceptable to God by believing and doing what He says.