Widening the Gap
Jesus told us in Matthew 7:13-14 that the gate is narrow for the path which leads to life, but the road which leads to destruction is broad. I believe we are living in an age where the church is trying to broaden the path which leads to life. Many pastors are watering down the gospel, trying to tickle itching ears. We have many preachers who preach prosperity, yet rarely preach a salvation message. We have churches ordaining homosexuals as ministers and performing homosexual marriages. We rarely hear messages that preach against cohabitating.
I have read several times that the abortion rate for those in the church is just as high as it is for those outside the church. I have to wonder if many of these abortions are insisted upon by parents who are heavily involved in church, have a good reputation, and do not want anything to spoil it for them. Perhaps they choose the approval and applause of man over the applause of the Lord. (John 12:43) They choose to murder an innocent child in order to hold on to their precious reputation in church, not even caring what God thinks of their heinous act. I know a family who was heavily involved in their church when their daughter became pregnant by a man of another color. Later, when a family member asked them how they were doing, they replied, “We took care of the ‘problem.’” How terribly sad to see them put their reputation, not to mention their prejudices above the Word of God.
We are even letting teaching of evolution creep into our churches. Some churches teach the Gap Theory. This is the belief that millions of years passed between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. Yet, Jesus refuted that belief in Mark 10:6 when He said that from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. Another thing to consider with the Gap Theory is that it allows death before the fall of Adam and Eve.
The Gap Theory says that dinosaurs lived millions of years ago, but that is not true. Job 40:15 describes behemoth, whose description fits that of a dinosaur. God says, “Look at behemoth, which I made along with you,” referring to Job. This verse points out that Job lived during the time when dinosaurs lived.
You may wonder why I bring up evolution when I am talking about watering down the gospel and trying to broaden the path which leads to heaven. It is because the teachings of evolution teach us that we evolved from apes. If we buy into any evolutionary teachings, then we do not see ourselves, or anyone else, as being truly special. The result is that we will believe that it does not matter if we live together before marriage, if we are gay, or even if we have an abortion.
But the core of our Christian faith is that “In the beginning GOD…” We must hold to that truth and firmly stand on the gospel message that only Jesus can save us. If we are hearing things at church which are contrary to the Bible, it is time to leave a “gap” in that church and find one that does not try to stretch the gospel into something that it is not.
© 2008, Stacy R. Miller