WHY IS THE CHRISTIAN WORLD-VIEW COLLAPSING?

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Why is the Christian World-View Collapsing-

 

Back in the 16th century, William Tyndale was persecuted, imprisoned, strangled, and his body burned at the stake.

Why?

Because he worked to translate the Scriptures into English and get copies of the Bible to the average person.

Influenced by Luther and others, Tyndale was an integral part of the Reformation that spread God’s written Word throughout the world.

At that time, many church leaders believed the Bible should not be in the hands of the common person and that only appointed and educated Church leaders should tell the public what to believe.

But the spread of God’s written Word in the 1500s changed all that as it infiltrated many notions.

But today the Christian influence in our Western World is waning.

Europe has become one of the biggest mission field today.

Right here in North America the Christian Worldview is collapsing before our very eyes.

So what is happening?

 

 ‘When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?’  –  Psalm 11:3

 

“Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.”  –  Isaiah 58:12

 

First of all we need to be like the men of Issachar, who had, “understanding of the times.”

The Reformation was a movement to call people to the authority of the word of God.

7 CS OF HISTORY:

1. Creation

God created the heavens, the earth, and all that is in them in six normal days around 6,000 years ago.

His completed creation was “very good” (Genesis 1:31)

Life was perfect and not yet affected by the curse:

  • Death
  • Violence
  • Disease
  • Sickness
  • Thorns
  • Fear

None of these had any part in the original creation.

“He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”   –  Colossians 1:17

Since God has no beginning and no end and knows all.

“Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.”  – Psalm 147:5

It makes sense that God is the source of the information we see all around us!

 

2. Corruption

After God completed His perfect creation, he told Adam that they could eat from any tree in the Garden of Eden – Genesis 2:8 except one – the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil.

God warned Adam and Eve that death would be the punishment for disobedience,

“… but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”  –  Genesis 2:17

Instead of listening to God, Adam and Eve chose to rebel.

“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.”  –  Genesis 3:6

The sin of Adam and Eve ushered death, sickness, and sorrow into the perfect creation.

“By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”  –  Genesis 3:19

“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned.”  –  Romans 5:12

God also pronounced a curse on the world. , as we read in Genesis 3.

“For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.”  –  Romans 8:20-22

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”  – Genesis 3:15

3. Catastrophe

“So the LORD said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth—men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air—for I am grieved that I have made them.”  –  Genesis 6:7

Noah, his family and one of every kind of creation found safety in the Ark.

There was plenty of room in the huge vessel – Noah did not have to take fully grown animals in the Ark – and he only needed 16,000 animals on the ark to represent all the distinct kinds of land-dwelling animals.

This earth covering event has left its mark even today.

“I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.”  –  Genesis 9:13-15

Remember the flood was not a local event, but a global one.

God always keeps His promises.

4. Confusion

After the flood, God commanded Noah and his family, and the animals and his family, and the animals to fill the earth.

However, the human race once again disobeyed God’s command and built a tower, which they hoped would keep them together.

“They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”  –  Genesis 11:3-4

We really are all one blood!

“From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.”  – Acts 17:26

We are all descendant of Adam and Eve through Noah and his family – and all, therefore, are in need of salvation from sin.

5. Christ

God’s perfect Creation was corrupted by Adam when he disobeyed God, ushering sing and death into the world.

“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned.”  –  Romans 5:12

Please note: God did not leave His precious – but corrupted – creation with no hope.

He promised to one-day send someone who would take away the penalty for sin, which is death.

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”  –  Genesis 3:15

“For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son—both alike belong to me. The soul who sins is the one who will die.”  –  Ezekiel 18:4

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  – Romans 6:23

God taught Adam animal sacrifice – but such sacrifices could only cover sin.

Hebrews 9  – When God gave Moses the Law, people began to see that they could never measure up to God’s standard of perfection.

“Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.”  –  Romans 3:20

“For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.”  –  James 2:10

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!”  – Romans 5:9

“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.”  –  1 Peter 3:18

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”  – John 1:1-3

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  – John 1:14

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”  – Genesis 3:15

While he spent about 30 years on earth, He never sinned – He did nothing wrong.

He reconciled man to God!

6. The cross

In 1 Corinthians 15:45 Jesus is called the last Adam.

First Adam disobeyed God – last Adam fully obeyed the Father till the cross.

“For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.”  – 1 Corinthians 15:21-22″

“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”  –  Isaiah 53:6

The lamb of God was sacrificed once and for all so that all those who believe in Him will be saved from the ultimate penalty for sin – eternal separation from God – and will live with Him forever.

“The last enemy to be destroyed is death.”  –  1 Corinthians 15:26

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  –  1 Corinthians 15:55-57, 55

7. Consummation

Death has been around almost as long as humans have.

But God has promised not to leave His creation in its sinful state.

He has promised to do away with the corruption that Adam brought into the world.

“No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.”  – Revelation 22:3

“But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.”  – 2 Peter 3:13

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”  – Revelation 21:4

GOD HELP US!

 

This sermon was preached by Pastor Elio Marrocco on July 24, 2016 at New Life Christian Church

 

 

 

WHY IS THE CHRISTIAN WORLD VIEW COLLAPSING?


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