2Timothy 4:3, “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear” (NIV)
The builders have stumbled upon on a biblical principle called foundation, they know that foundation is everything. Every building must or should have a foundation. Foundation is the basis on which a thing stands, is founded upon, or is supported. In a building, foundation is a structure that transfers loads to the earth. Foundation is not on top, it’s at the bottom holding the weight of what is to be built on it. Strong and deeper foundation goes down past the weaker upper layer of soil to reach the concrete. How deep and strong a foundation is determines what it can withstand and what is to be built on it. The foundation is THE basis or groundwork of anything. A Christian life also begins with a foundation, the question is, which one. Have you ever wondered why you serve Christ? Why you came to Him? Why you go to church? Why you listen to such and such teachings or preaching? As I talk with people, I usually go back to address their foundation because it gives the scope of what kind of foundation they have and what they may be building on it.
It’s amazing to me of what I hear and see as the means of many church successes. The measure of success appears to be the size of the congregation. To see the size of the congregation continue to increase is looked at as a sign of growth. Search for series used to grow churches today and find it different from what we see in the book of Acts, the same as what has been taught and preached in the past few centuries. As the world uses sex to sell, some churches are using topics such as sex series to build the church, draw the world in, borrowing materials from the world to reach the world. Is Jesus not enough? Is He not the firm foundation? shouldn’t the success of anything be measured by His will? Many churches are becoming more secular and Christians are falling into the trap without discernment. The church has become a self-help place, books are about how you can be happy, how you can achieve your goals and potentials (nothing wrong with these they are put in proper place), question again is, why serve Christ?. I have listened to some people being interviewed going to bible school to become ministers who did not even understand the plan of salvation (the message of the bible), that shows no foundation. And some confessed that it was a good field to make money, wrong foundation. There are churches beginning to have set ups for discussions like talk shows, redefining foundation. Is the church not supposed to set a standard for the world?
Paul addresses the state of the church to come and here we are today plagued by it and some have fallen right into it without discerning. He says “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine …” and the reason is simple, no strong foundation of faith to define a believer. Easy and expedient Christianity appealing to men rather than God. I believe the church should be done for believers and the lost can come in and see believers in their God given habitat, lives changed for His glory and they themselves desire their lives changed. I believe the church ought to be a powerhouse not an entertainment field. A church pleasing to God begins with the believers, we are what makes a church. Our foundation in Christ determines what kind of church we will have, it must be based on SOUND DOCTRINE. Today because of how foundation is laid, to quote John MacArthur, “Professing Christians, nominal believers in the church follow their own desires and flock to preachers who offer them God’s blessings apart from His forgiveness, and His salvation apart from their repentance. They have an itch to be entertained by teachings that will produce pleasant sensations and leave them with good feelings about themselves. Their goal is that men preach “according to their own desires. Under those conditions, people will dictate what men preach, rather than God dictating it by His Word.” Read what General William Booth the founder of Salvation Army had to say when he foresaw the danger that was coming. He said, “The Chief danger of Christianity in 20th century will be…Religion without the Holy Ghost; Christianity without Christ; Forgiveness without repentance; Salvation without regeneration; Politics without God; And heaven without hell”. If any of these are missing on a Christian’s foundation, only time will tell. Wrong foundation cannot last for long, trying to patch it up and support it with other things will not make it stand. Everything has to be taken out of the way and proper foundation is laid, a foundation of truth on God’s word.
2Timothy 2:15 “vs. 15Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth…. Vs.19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” The faithful preacher must proclaim the Word when it is popular and convenient or not, and when it seems suitable to do so or not. The dictates of popular culture, tradition, reputation, acceptance, or esteem in the community (or in the church) must never alter the true preacher’s commitment to proclaim God’s Word and the student of the word must be open to receive the whole counsel of proclaimed word of God all beginning on this foundation. Those who have a wrong foundation will fall on the danger of 2Timothy 4:3. The chief danger of a Christian life is to have wrong foundation. On what foundation is your Christian life built upon? What kind of teachings are you craving for? Where are you plugged in? blessings Ev