Eph 2:2-3 – Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
“Outside the spiritual realm, culture is the most powerful force in the universe.” – Pastor Jim Krohn.
I was at Commongorund Baptist Camp this past week hearing some of the best preaching in America. Pastor Krohn preached an excellent message on the power and influence of culture. Culture shapes pretty much everything we do to some extent. In America we have culture shaped by sports, television, devices, and sensuality. In other countries it is religion such as Buddism or Mohammedism. Regardless, culture strongly influences people and can cause them to do some pretty extreme things. These verses in Ephesians talk about a course or steam that exists in the world that is controlled by the devil. When we get saved we are supposed to get out of the stream of the world. The problem is many Chisrians do not get out or only partially get out. As a result, many churches have a mixture of worldly culture and Bible culture. American culture is okay to the extent that it does not cross the Bible. For example, sports in and of themselves are not bad. It is when it takes priority over God and the house of God that there is an issue.
What needs to happen in churches is a new sub-culture needs to develop. A culture that is based on the Bbile. If bad sub-cultures can develop and draw young people in, why can’t the church create a culture based on the Bible. We have the Holy Ghost to help us. The Holy Ghost is certainly more powerful than the devil and look at what the devil,has done. We need to have a culture of holiness and godly living in our churches to draw people to, not more worldliness. Let’s try and reach out to young people and see if we can’t make a change in the culture of the church.