What’s wrong with the church today? Throughout church history there have been things that Christians believed then that we now recognize as horribly wrong. An example provided by one of my teachers being the firm belief in slavery found in the south of America less than 100 years ago. So in the future, what will the Christians say that we, today, had completely wrong?
I think that one of the first things that future Christians will see as wrong is our ‘religion.’ I’m defining religion as legalistic and almost Pharisee-like. This is meaning when “Christians” feel that they are Christians because they go to church on Sundays and Wednesdays, always pray before meals and bed, complete their ‘read the bible in one year’ challenge and can sing most worship songs without looking at the projected lyrics (among other things, but these are the most prevalent in my church). What I think future Christians will see in this is a bunch of lukewarm Christians slowly falling into patterns and rarely “fired up” by anything other than a great drum solo by the guy in the worship band. Most Christians are starting to feel that if they fulfill all the requirements, praying the sinners’ prayer and hanging out with their youth group buddies, then they’re going to heaven. Less and less people are having a legitimate heart change, and many of the people who are, are the ones who don’t fulfill all of the ‘requirements’ and go out and go on missions trips and find the true passion, grace and miraculous power of God. Most often those people who don’t fulfill all of the Christian ‘requirements’ are the ones with the most significant ‘heart change’ because they’re the ones who aren’t concerned with following the rules and are more concerned with following God. I have a great video of a young man’s opinion on this subject. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1IAhDGYlpqY However, his opinions are largely good and true and so is his message, but also read this article (http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2012/01/13/does-jesus-hate-religion-kinda-sorta-not-really/) that really dissects the merits and faults of the video. I personally think that future Christians are going to look at us and our lukewarm, legalistic behaviors and severely disagree. I think they’ll have had the kind of reformation that it takes to promote a heart change over rules and unspoken requirements. (For more opinions on this subject read http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2012/januaryweb-only/religion-vs-jesus.html?start=2)
The second issue that I think future Christians will not agree with us on is our tendency toward “Antinomianism—long word, simple meaning. The word literally means “against law.” It’s a short jump from an overemphasis on the grace message to complete antinomianism. In practice, it means that “anything goes,” since Jesus has set us free. The problem is, Jesus didn’t set us free to sin; He set us free from sin.”(http://www.charismamag.com/spirit/spiritual-growth/17093-the-7-great-lies-in-the-church-today) This quote pretty much sums it all up. Along with our lukewarm Christianity is this antinomianism. We are told that as long as we “accept Jesus into our hearts” we’re free and our sins are forgiven…so anything goes, right? No. I think future Christians will be horrified to see our “anything goes” policies. We use Jesus as our safety blanket and say we can do whatever we want because He’ll forgive us. this simply isn’t true, this, again is a heart issue. He forgives us, sure. But are we really Christians until our heart changes enough that we sincerely don’t want to give Him another thing to forgive us for? I thing future Christians will have put much more thought into the “anything goes” policy and maybe have come up with a decision. Is it anything goes? Is it anything goes, but you won’t take advantage of that because you’ve changed in your heart? Etc, etc. Maybe they’ll be more set on the heart changes and a relationship with God than our constant, “I don’t want to go to Hell but I want to do whatever I want,” view of forgiveness.
Lastly, I don’t think that the future church will have it all figured out, I think they’ll have struggles of their own. I can’t say for sure what they’ll struggle with 50 years from now. Maybe they’ll struggle with easy crime and sneaking out due to their new instant teleportation wrist watches… or something. I don’t know. but based on recent trends I can make a few guesses. First, I think they’ll struggle with the concept of marriage. Many are viewing marriage as unnecessary unless you want tax benefits. A boyfriend and girlfriend can move in together and live a married life…without the marriage part. I mean, didn’t Isaac marry Rebekah just by sleeping with her? (Disclaimer: this is not my personal belief because I know I don’t really understand Old Testament marriages. Here’s a link to their marriage http://www.makingchristknown.com/daily-verse/genesis/marriage-of-isaac-and-rebekah.htm) so who needs traditional marriage? Secondly I think that they’ll struggle with distractions. Already we struggle with distractions from computers, TV’s, food, billboards, smartphones even watches now apparently work as phones. So I can’t imagine how bombarded people will be in the future. I believe that technology and distraction will be a huge issue for the future Christians. Such as in wall-e, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1BQPV-iCkU