Yes, I believe that the Polarization process of “separating the wheat from the tares” into an Apostate church and the true believers is accelerated. I think this is mostly due to technology. It connects us. Now more than ever, a hive mind has begun to emerge and a war is taking place that is no longer localized but is instead dependant on who can garner the most votes, likes, or clicks. To this end, a “true popular christianity,” has begun to emerge and gain favor with the masses. It has a specific message: “You don’t need the Bible, Doctrine or the Church… you just need Jesus. Jesus is whatever you need him to be. He is not historical or specific. His is a message of Love. To believe anything more is phobic, hateful and unintelligent. Those types of beliefs have no place in a world of science and progressive understandings of humanity. Have your own personal Jesus and treasure him in your heart.” Countless churches, both within my denomination and out… and even outside America… are beginning to choose to be syncretic in their beliefs. Technology affords easy access to the next generation of church leaders (millennials) to help them “fill in the blanks,” where the previous generation never did (because they didn’t anticipate the need to close the communication gaps without having ever seen and internet.). This isn’t the first time this has happened in the church. The council of Nicea (and all the little council’s therein) sought to close the canon for that reason. The difference is that this was a fairly localized event that took half a century to finalize. John and Paul, specifically write about gnostic teachings creeping into the church in the first century… but again, they were writing to a localized body. The Visible church today is no longer localized. Therefore the danger of apostasy is to the whole church. The means of communication, dissemination and application are instantaneous with social networking and technology. It does not take 50 years to conclude a subject. With a well articulated and forceful speaker, it may take only 50 minutes to affect the whole of Christendom. Nicea wasn’t the first, but whatever is coming will probably be the last. To that end, I believe that God has started to accelerate his pull on those who are truly his; making them uneasy and restless… calling them and local (true NT) bodies to step into the fray and take up battle positions for the coming apostasy. A remnant doesn’t become the last ones by blending in with a crowd. They become the last ones by being disciplined and grounded and unshifting in the face of the crowd. I don’t believe there are to many generations of ABF left. Maybe 100 years at best. In every local body, this time counts. Every 5 minutes represents huge theological ramifications in the hands of the wrong person. The chessboard is being set for a final match.
*This is an excerpt from personal correspondence and was not intended as a blog.