Author: Dr. Kris A. Jackson
I can’t change the trend in society. The devil’s highway commission continues to build bypasses away from the “strait and narrow” way. In a supersonic age no wants their agenda to be slowed. So we bypass intimate relationships, bypass church attendance and in the process bypass God. Preachers today have bypassed sin. You wouldn’t want to stir up a controversy by mentioning sin, holiness, heaven or hell. We appease sin, but don’t oppose it. Monotonous monologues of ministerial mush are muttered from many pulpits today. Clear moral absolutes like “thou shalt not steal” or “bear false witness” are turned into vague generalities that leave the listeners confused and scratching their heads when they exit the church building. As the old fireball evangelist on Brankel used to say we’ve preached so much sugar and spice and everything’s nice that we’ve given the Body of Christ a bad case of spiritual sugar diabetes! The strait and narrow way has been exchanged for a four-lane super-highway. Anything and everything goes now. The church is not just broad-minded nowadays, we are Broadway-minded!
This is the day of religious get-alongism. It claims that if John the Baptist would have kept his nose out of the government’s business, he could have kept his neck out of the guillotine. We have called for a truce between light and darkness, but such a truce is not possible. The flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh. Enough of this popgospel. It has less power than a popgun. Leonard Ravenhill thundered that the only place we should join the popularity contest is before the Judgment Seat of Christ.
We have bypassed old standards and old definitions. Even biblical words don’t mean the same thing anymore. A liar is now just an extrovert with a vivid imagination. Pornography is adult “entertainment”. Homosexuality is an alternate lifestyle. Cheating and stealing are considered wise business savvy. Premarital sex is a trial marriage and alcoholism is just as disease. Funny how many millions of dollars are being spent to spread that disease! The problem is that we’ve bypassed the old standards. You hear it in today’s youth’s language, lyrics, looks and likes. Don’t justify as weakness what the Bible calls wickedness. Those who travel the bypass have left the main road. The new highway may be quicker but has anyone checked the map to see where it is going? I can say one thing in favor of the little one-lane road, what Jeremiah 6:16 calls the “old path”, it has taken tens of millions already to heaven and there are still many who are still on it. We don’t need a revised road map. There are no detours on the old path, the bridge is never out, and the toll has already been paid at Calvary. I guess we could call it Route 66 as there are 66 books in the Bible. Observe the warning sign one more time, “Beware the bypass”, flip a U-turn if you must, get back on the strait and narrow way.
MGM Ministries-Article Source: beljourn.com/article_story/beware-the-bypass/87/ -(taken in 2011-2014)