Is the demise of “frivolous religion” on the horizon? Well, Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in California thinks so. In a recent commentary, he wrote that “one positive result to come from the ‘string of calamities’ that occurred in 2020, is the coming demise of frivolous religion in America.”
What does he mean by “frivolous religion”? Pastor MacArthur mentions the “irreverent brand of entertainment-as-religion” along with “famous charismatic televangelists and self-styled ‘prophets’” who preach the false gospel of the prosperity gospel.
We’ve highlighted that many churches have basically become entertainment centers, very focused on experience, making music—not teaching and equipping—the primary focus. MacArthur is right.
We at Answers in Genesis have been sounding the alarm about what MacArthur calls “frivolous religion” for years. We’ve highlighted that many churches have basically become entertainment centers, very focused on experience, making music—not teaching and equipping—the primary focus. MacArthur is right. That kind of church/faith lacks substance and has contributed to the massive exodus of young people from churches, with generations building their thinking and worldview on man’s word rather than God’s Word.
But, praise the Lord, thousands of churches have recognized the need for resources that equip the church, teaching people answers to the questions about the Bible, countering the attacks on it, and giving them the foundation of the authority of God’s Word so they can build a truly biblical worldview. Many such churches are now using AiG resources to equip people of all ages in apologetics and to teach foundationally to build a Christian worldview. But, sadly, it seems these churches are in the minority. The majority of churches, and church homes, don’t do this, and most have compromised God’s Word in Genesis and elsewhere.
I believe God is giving the church a wakeup call to return to his Word . . . beginning with the very first verse. We need a new reformation to return to the authority of the Word of God.
Find resources to help you do just that at AnswersBookstore.com.
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