What is the biggest threat faced by the church today? Many in the U.S. seem to think the answer is government tyranny. Tyranny is always a danger, but tyranny is not the biggest threat faced by the church in the U.S. or any other nation. Historically, there have been many times when the church has lived under tyranny, and sometimes the church has even grown (numerically as well as spiritually) as a result. We should remember that the entire New Testament was written when the church was a small persecuted community living under the tyranny of Rome.
I am not suggesting that we should play down the seriousness of tyranny. Many of our brothers and sisters around the world are currently suffering under various forms of tyranny and persecution. Their suffering is real. Those of us who are able should do what we can to help.
That said, we need to remember that other people, even those in political power, can only hurt our bodies (Matt. 10:28). They can’t kill the soul. If we allow Scripture, rather than click-bait headlines, to shape our answers to the big questions, we will realize that the biggest threat to the church is not something external. The biggest threat is something within. The biggest threat to the church has always been unrepentant sin – grumbling (Exod. 15:24), idolatry (Exod. 20:3), apostasy (Exod. 32), and such.
ABOUT THE WRITER:
Keith Mathison was born and raised just south of Houston, Texas, in the little town of Alvin. God in His great mercy called Keith out of darkness and into the Kingdom of His Son not long after he graduated High School. He and his bride Tricia met at Houston Baptist University and were married in 1990 after graduation. They moved a few hours north to Dallas to attend Dallas Theological Seminary. He finish his Master’s degree at Reformed Theological Seminary. One of his professors was Dr. Sproul. Keith has published a handful of books on topics such as eschatology, sola scriptura, and the Lord’s Supper. He has contributed chapters to a few other books.