What’s wrong with the world? It may well be likened to a ship at sea, without captain, compass, helm, or chart, with all radio contact lost, at the mercy of a mutinous crew. Our world is in desperate straits and headed for disaster.

And it is all so needless! God has given his Son to be Captain and his Spirit as the helm to guide through the perils of life. He has given the Holy Scriptures as man’s chart and compass. And he has even set up a two-way means of communication with himself—prayer.

To reject the authority of the Holy Scriptures is to be tossed hither and yon by the conflicting opinions of men. To reject Jesus Christ as Saviour of the soul and Lord of life is to choose the course of folly. To refuse the guidance of the Holy Spirit is to go on in darkness. To neglect prayer is to lose the channel to and from God’s infinite love and wisdom.

It would be the height of folly to try to steer a ship without the necessary means of navigation; and with a mutinous crew aboard, nothing less than disaster could be expected. How then can we look for anything better for a world that is run by men who ignore the Captain and Owner and trust in their own wisdom even while they live in rebellion?

What’s wrong with the world?

Is it not drifting helplessly toward the rocks of destruction because it is no longer anchored in God’s holy truth, the only foundation for time and for eternity? Is it not blind to the solution of its problems because it has rejected God’s answer and his way in favor of its own?

The wisdom of this world inevitably produces a faulty compass and manmade chart. It offers “guidance” that steers in the wrong direction. It communicates with men but not with God. And it readily accepts the leadership of Satan, the ancient ...

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