Praise be to God the Father and to His Son Jesus Christ.

Pastor Denton LesterThere was a news article just last week talking about the rapid decline of Christianity in the United States. It said a new report by the Pew Research Center found a surge of adults leaving Christianity to become atheist, agnostic or nothing in particular. It said that if the number of Christians under the age of 30 abandoning their faith at the current pace continues, Christianity will be a minority religion by 2045.

We talked yesterday of the number of children who came for face painting at the Apple Fest who had not heard of God or Jesus was astounding. How can there be children in our area who do not know who Jesus Christ is? We do believe that we must know Jesus as Lord and Savior if we are to be saved. Where does that leave so many children and their parents? Perhaps there is some truth to the thought that young people are giving up on the faith. Yet it seems to be more of a generational problem than just the current generation, for there are many grandparents that do not consider church and/or a relationship with Jesus Christ as a real priority if a priority at all.

Our world today is filled with things to do and to keep us busy. We are kept so busy that we have no time to contemplate our eternity or to think about Jesus. We live from day to day with only the next day on our radar. No one takes thought of heaven or hell. This is being taught to our children by our examples and by our lack of faith essentials. Children cannot learn of Jesus if He is not spoken of, taught, or worshiped..

“For to me, to live is Christ.”
Philippians 1:21

Yesterday we talked about the rich man and Lazarus. There has always been a desire for success and riches even at the loss of things eternal. The rich man had the good life and then he had the worst life conceivable for eternity. There are so many today wanting all the temporal amenities life can give at the expense of the eternal. Our children are caught in the trap. Sports, friends, parties, the Internet, modern technology, even the teachings of the times and all that goes on, keep them from finding the true meaning for their lives. Everyone - everyone - is too busy to even want God. The prophet Jeremiah says they have forgotten the Lord their God.

“The Spirit explicitly say that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience” (1 Timothy 4:1-2). People are being fooled by this world.

The message is simple. The truth is certain. There were some that were wise and there were some that were foolish. The difficult side of this is that there are children who do not know Jesus. Who have not even heard of Him. Families are responsible. Family leaders will be held accountable. So will the church.

We can read and not really comprehend the fallacy that many people consider themselves to be Christian who do not go to church and do not practice their faith. As we shared yesterday, there are many people who have convinced themselves that they are going to heaven and will be surprised when they find out they are not. “For the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it” (Matthew 7:13).

Luke 16 told us that we have been given Moses and the prophets to direct us. We have been given the Word of God, “The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (Romans 10:8). “These have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:30).

My prayer is that I may see you in church. Invite your neighbor and their children.

Your pastor,

Pastor Denton
            Pastor Denton

October 2022