The corporate owned mass media is flooded with deceptive messages and in many cases outright propaganda designed to manipulate society into their collectivist mold.
Within most mainline churches today, and even many evangelical churches, rather than demanding objective truth about the world around them, too many people are willing to believe whatever seems to agree with their preconceived attitudes.
This pragmatic belief is that the ends justify the means.
We see militia groups abounding, claiming a Christian heritage yet spreading hate towards Jews. Others in the Patriot Movement attempting to expose the New World Order are seen as kooks and their message nothing more than conspiracy theory. Other Christian churches are populated with people who justify violence toward abortion mills and homosexual groups. In other churches, pastors mislead their congregations to submit to government authority in the event of a martial law crackdown, based upon Romans 13. In many Christian churches you find those who view drinking alcohol or “a little wine” (1 Tim. 5:23) as a sin. And in nearly all Christian churches the congregation rushes to accept politically correct but misleading facts about smoking.
The popular church of the 21st Century pretends to adhere to the truth, yet quietly undermines it. Experience and emotion are substituted for the Word of God as its basis of faith. Any time we make emotional “religious experiences” or various signs and wonders the criterion of our faith, we thereby open the floodgates to every sort of delusion. If experience or emotion becomes the standard of our faith, then we must accept the validity of any experience from which someone gains a “religious” sensation: the ancient ritual prostitution at pagan temples; the frenzied worship of Bacchus; the Moslem dervishes and followers of the Ayatollah Khomeini and his successors.
In fact, all religious experiences must be tested for agreement with Scripture before they can be accepted as genuinely from God (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Scripture is the objective criterion which permits us to separate true experiences of God from delusions of the evil one. All of our religious experiences must be verified by Scripture; Scripture is not proved by them.
They perish because they refused to love the truth. – 2 Thessalonians 2:10
Without a love for truth and a mental storehouse filled with God’s Word, people cannot discern error. Many are drawn to the self-focused empowerment of goddess-philosophy, christian cults, and psychological-spiritual imitations. Like rudderless boats in the night, they cascade down the rapids trapped in a raging social current headed for destruction.
You can clearly see this operating today in today’s Cultural Marxism, multiculturalism, political correctness, homosexuality, and abortion where we are told to embrace, accept and tolerate things the Bible clearly condemns.