The current attempts within the church to lower standards of morality can only be described as Satanic. Carried to their intended and logical conclusion, they will replace Christian standards based on the clear teachings of Scripture with those of the world. They will bring the sure disaster such laxness entails. They will render the church, which led the way in this tragedy, powerless in an area where everyone, particularly young people, needs standards to go by, as well as wisdom and restraints that the world cannot give. It infuriates some of us (and I am angry with what I believe is righteous indignation) that some church leaders condone, excuse, and even espouse immorality under the guise of what they call a “much needed new freedom.”

I am angry not only at what those churchmen are doing but also with the way they are doing it. First they deny that God has established moral absolutes. Then they ask individuals to prepare “daring” position papers which will be used for study and conversation. Finally, if these new concepts of morality and immorality cannot secure immediate approval from a church court, they ask that the papers be “sent down for study,” knowing that what is rejected today may by default become the position of the church tomorrow.

The psalmist warns of the three steps to destruction: walking in the counsel of the ungodly, standing in the way of sinners, and finally sitting in the seats of the scoffers. In the same way, the man in the pew is being asked to “study” an evil report so that in the end its findings will be accepted as the way for “Christian” living. As Alexander Pope once wrote,

“Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,

As to be hated ...

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