December 2013 Issue of the Old Paths Advocate
By: Don L. King
In second Corinthians 4: 3, 4 the apostle Paul wrote: “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
Every person who has endeavored to interest non-Christians in the way of righteousness is familiar with the feeling of frustration when there is no interest or perhaps downright scorn shown. We live in a day of blinded minds. We live in a time when the majority of people feel the Bible is outdated and unimportant. We live in a time when Christianity is actually believed to be for those who are uneducated and ignorant. This is the Devil’s work. All one need do to confirm this is to affirm the Bible account of creation in public. Many believe evolution is the answer to creation rather than the Scriptures. Some will actually laugh when a Christian states a belief in Bible truths. Have you wondered why this is increasingly more common than ever before? The Bible is perhaps still a best seller but very seldom followed in everyday life. It is far more likely to be used as an ornament than a guide. Just look around. What do we see? We see men and women living together without benefit of marriage, men marrying men, women marrying women, children brought into the world out of wedlock, abortion commonly used to get rid of unwanted babies, and the list goes on and on. None of these things are permitted by the Bible, and in fact, are often condemned in plain language.
We live in a time where modern inventions make it possible for a person to see, or experience, every form of wicked behavior known to man. The Internet, movies, and every form of the media are full of such things. The media while useful in preaching the gospel and many other good things may also be prostituted to evil purposes. This is true with every form of the media.
The minds of men are blinded today by the god of this world. This is what the apostle Paul said. The Devil is working hard! Somehow, the human family has become accustomed to sin of every description and many of us barely notice. It is on our televisions, many movies, radio; the music played in movies, etc., and is commonly seen on the street as well. The language of many Americans is beyond terrible now. God’s name is commonly taken in vain even by young school children and few notice or care. It is that common. Modesty with men and women is a thing of the past in spite of what the Bible says. The minds of many have been blinded. (Romans 3: 3, 4) Remember, Paul said “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost.” (Romans 3:3) When we look around the world and see the blinded minds of so many, we are saddened to realize we are seeing those who are lost!
We read much about the evils of the Internet; and while there is undoubtedly much good to be found, there is overwhelming evil as well. Pornographic sites are virtually numerous. Yes, this is an obvious source of evil and many are enticed. This is plainly the work of the Devil. However, there is another problem with the Internet becoming more and more obvious in our modern world. In the past, a person who published a religious journal felt a great sense of responsibility to censure false doctrine and keep it out of the publication. The devil has found a way to get around such publishers. False teachers, who once had no way to reach the masses, now go on the Internet and teach error worldwide. Do you realize an Internet site teaching false doctrine can do just as much harm as any other evil site? In our opinion, this has become one of the greatest enemies the church has today. Just think of those who have been taught false doctrine and left the church as a result! Any crackpot can establish a web site and begin blinding the minds of millions all over the world. Most of us could give names and cases where this has happened over and over. Facebook, a commonly used form of social media, while harmless in most cases, can also be used to fool the unwary. The Devil is working! It is so easy to gossip, criticize the church and her members, and this on a worldwide scope. Women, perhaps without thinking, can teach Bible things in direct contradiction to what Paul said in 1 Timothy 2: 11, 12. It is so easy to forget that the devil is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
The church is facing a great battle right now. Enemies beset her on every side. Brethren, be careful. We are not facing a novice who knows nothing. The apostle spoke of him as “the god of this world.” (2 Corinthians 4:4) One foolish move by the unsuspecting and souls are lost. Think on these things. DLK