Prophecy Sign: The growing apostasy in the last days Church
We live in a day and age of political correctness and tolerance where any contrarian viewpoint will be summarily vilified as hateful and intolerable. For Christianity, this means that any doctrine that divides the redeemed from the unrepentant will be consider hateful, and necessary to be changed to reflect the new paradigm. Thus, doctrine that says homosexuality and same sex unions is sinful, and doctrine that says that those who remain unrepentant to death will spend an eternity in a place called hell, all must be changed.
The bible calls this attempt to redefine biblical doctrine as apostasy and warns all true believers in Jesus Christ to be watchful of such distortion within their particular bodies of Christ, (local churches).
Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. Acts 20:30 NIV
Contraception, cohabitation, divorce, remarriage and same-sex unions: They're issues that pain and puzzle Roman Catholics who want to be true to both their church and themselves. Now those issues are about to be put up for debate by their leader, a man who appears determined to push boundaries and effect change. On Pope Francis' orders, the
will convene an urgent meeting of senior clerics this fall to re-examine church
teachings that touch the most intimate aspects of people's lives. Billed as an
"extraordinary" assembly of bishops, the gathering could herald a new
approach by the church to the sensitive topics. The run-up to the synod has
been extraordinary in itself, a departure from usual practice that some say is
a mark of the pope's radical new leadership style, and a canny tactic to defuse
dissent over potential reforms.
What Christians get wrong about hell
In a recent column, I explored some obstacles to the embrace of religious faith among young people today, paying special attention to the gulf between the often simplistic way that traditional churches talk about God and the pluralistic complexity of modern life. Here's another obstacle: The overly literalistic character of so much of American piety. My favorite example is the way that many American Christians think and talk about hell. Jumping off from a handful of Gospel passages in which Jesus Christ speaks about "eternal punishment" for sinners in the afterlife, these believers conjure visions of a cosmic torture chamber in which those who reject God or commit grave sins without repentance are subjected to endless torment as punishment for their transgressions. It is a ghastly analogue to equally crude and comical visions of heaven as a place where the righteous are rewarded with angels' wings and an eternity of harp lessons. This is very bad theology — because it takes off from a deeply confused, though very commonly held, view of punishment.