Knowledge is not Wisdom, but without Knowledge, you can’t have wisdom

We have all heard, perhaps, that you may have the best knowledge in the world, but you may turn up to be a foolish man. A PhD guy may end up with making the most foolish decision in life. The stats is clear. But a village woman or man with little or no education may make much wiser decision. The reason is knowledge is just knowing in the heads, but wisdom is actually application of that knowledge, and it involves judgement call, discerning your inner values, and personal convictions. Personal wisdom is vital and crucial, and the book of Proverbs has plenty to advise us.

Proverbs 1:5let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance—

The word “learning” in Hebrew leqah means extensive study. Extensive study! A lot of us don’t read enough books at all, let alone extensive study. I do find from my experience that, depending on your culture and/or upbringing, if you don’t have much reading as a habit, you are not going to have extensive study. An average church member goes to church to listen to a 30 min-40 min sermon and come home watching TV or reading up the headlines news on internet. That includes pastors too. Extensive study is required (leqah in Hebrew in Prov 1:5) for adding to their learning or wisdom. So that begs the question that if you don’t read much at all, worse still not at all, how are you going to add to your learning?

So, can you have wisdom without knowledge? No. You have to be knowledgeable about a subject before you can apply it with the discipline, discernment, and discretion of wisdom (Tim Keller-Proverbs).  So, Proverbs calls those who would be wise to add to their learning.

Tim Keller writes: “To be wise we must understand human nature, how human relationships work, suffering and death, and the character of God himself. Wisdom is wedding thought and experience to become “competent with regard to the realities of life.” And among all other things we should study, true wisdom requires deep knowledge of the Scriptures. Even Jesus based his every move on the Bible, quoting Scripture to face and explain his death (Matthew 27:46; Psalm 22:1)”[1]

Based on my preaching experience before, I have always focused on the Scripture to expound from it from my limited life experience, and what I observed or read from news, but to understand human relationships, human nature, suffering and death, they are hardly found from the news’ reading. So, the idea of understanding better human nature, how relationships work, that’s just superficially scratched in my years of pulpit. Unless I begin to read books by these philosophers, thinkers, journalists, it will be a stretch for me to catch up. And worse still, I have been doing that for years on the pulpit without knowing it, thinking that all is good, a frustration that is unimaginable. With now being in New York City, I am very blessed to access all the good books recommended by a top pastor Tim Keller in NYC, and himself a theologian from the seminary, and begin to fill myself up with all this great knowledge about God, and about human relationships, dynamics in this real world. Also, listening extensively great sermons like Tim Keller, John Piper, Martin Lloyd Jones, have definitely opened my eyes to the treasures of the Word of God, and how it interfaces with humans in real world.

My point is we must get knowledge. The idea that we don’t need to read too much, because they are dry, but just wait upon the Spirit and let him reveal word of God, is appallingly shallow, short sighted, and missing out so much. Because God clearly says we need “leqah” which means extensive study in Hebrew. Prov 1 talks about gaining wisdom. That’s what Scriptures means leqah, extensive study. God says we need extensive study. We must be prepared for extensive study. I am in the seminary now doing my MA in Biblical Studies and am so blessed, and I am beginning to experience the “extensive study” that’s commanded in the book Proverbs 1. We would be naïve to think that somehow, by praying and speaking in tongues a lot, this will replace the extensive study. This will never help us to get to know the human relations with one another, the character of God etc. They come from extensive study. And of course, I am not saying that we only need extensive study, because we need also pray in tongues, pray in English or Chinese or BM or whatever language, and we need both. It’s like fire and wood. Wood is the Word of God, and the Spirit is the fire. These two combined will produce flame, fire.

The spiritual giants of our ancient fathers like Augustine, Aquinas, Calvin, Spurgeon, Jonathan Edwards, etc. all studied extensively, and their writing, preaching oratory skills is phenomenal. They did their work of extensive study. Luther, after studying Romans extensively, came up with the 95 theses, and nailed it onto the door of the church that eventually resulted in a spiritual revolution called Reformation in Europe in 16th century.

In modern days, for us to understand post-modernism, individualism, anxiety, fears, hopes, of a man or a woman, we must read and study extensively, listen to sermons that deal with our psychology and physiology, so that our preaching can connect with modern people with all their liberal education from colleges/universities today. If we hope to reach out to them, we must speak the language of rationality combined with our bible faith. Rational rhetoric is part of the bible. Augustine is expert on that. Try reading The Confession and it will blow your mind!

True wisdom requires deep knowledge of the Scriptures. To be competent to the realities of life. experience must meet with our thoughts. Thought can only come from deep study of the Scriptures. Amen.

[1] Tim Keller, Devotional Wisdom on Proverbs

There will be consequences for rejecting God’s Word

Every one of us feels rebellions at times, and there are times we actually did it, and thereafter we regretted and repented. But there are those times, when some people went against God’s commands, and never repented of it, they would reap the consequences. The bible speaks clearly about reaping what you sowed.

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:7-8)

It says God is not mocked; you can’t get away from what you sowed. Everything points back to God. Isn’t it interesting that, when people have trouble, a lot of non-believers and Christians get mad with God, and many in the world indeed curse the name of Jesus! And when they have success, they barely thank God, but bottom line, it’s true that God is the center of gravity. 

But most impactful on me that stirred me to write this article is from what Calvin wrote:

Nor would the obtuseness (slow in perception, intellect) of the whole Jewish nation today in awaiting the Messiah’s earthly kingdom be less monstrous, had the scriptures not foretold long before that they would receive this punishment for having rejected the gospel. –John Calvin [1]

Such sharp comment by Calvin on the state of the Jewish nation still waiting for their messiah even today. But it’s true that they would receive punishment for having rejected the gospel as in:

2 Corinthians 3:13-15 not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts.

This is saying to this day, when the law of Moses is read to them, a veil lies over their hearts. In other words, they can’t see the Lord, as their hearts were hardened, and still are. Hardened heart is the hardest thing to crack, to help someone to come to know Christ. It’s not the intellectual head knowledge, but the heart condition. But why?

The words” punishment for rejected the gospel, or Jesus” of Calvin rings aloud. But is punishment part of God? Isn’t He a God of love and forgiveness? That’s true, but he is also a God of justice, and righteousness and holiness.

Calvin writes: For it so pleased God in righteous judgment to strike blind the minds of those who by refusing the offered light of heaven voluntarily brought darkness upon themselves. Therefore, they read Moses and continually ponder his writings, but they are hampered by a veil from seeing the light shining in his face. (2 Cor 3:13-15)

Did you see that God struck blind the minds of those who refused the light of heaven, and as a result, they brought voluntarily darkness upon themselves. My key point here is that God initiated a punishment, judgment, in response to their refusal and rejection of Christ as the Savior of the world. To say that God is long suffering, and patient, and kind, and forgiving, and hence take advantage of his patience, is not only wrong, but also dead dangerous. There will be prices to pay. There will be consequences. Just like this in the case of the Jewish nation, they paid the price, just like they shouted in Matt 27 And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!” It’s a horrendous thing to say, and to have said that to the Son of God himself!

And God swiftly responded as in 2 Cor 13: But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted…. As a result of that their hearts were hardened. Hardened hearts will never respond to God, until the mercy of God comes around.

Romans 11 Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written,

You see that hardening is partial, until a certain number, and then all Israel will be saved. My thesis in this article is that, any rebellion against God’s Word will carry a price tag. There will be consequences. For the Jewish nation, it’s the partial hardening, with a veil over their hearts when Moses is read. By rejecting the Messiah, this is a consequence. It’s a deadly price to pay. More severe, and dark than anything you could imagine, to see literally generations gone without seeing the true Messiah and hence salvation.

Bring it back to today’s situation in America and round the world. Individually, if a Christian walks away from the Lord, there is a drastic horror awaits.

Hebrews 6 For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.

Someone who has been enlightened, tasted the heavenly gift, and tasted the goodness of God and the powers of the age to come, and fallen away, will be impossible for them to come back to Christ, as they crucified the Son of God once again and hold Christ up to contempt. Wow, a big warning. A warning that’s less preached in pulpit today, but it’s so important to teach it.

What about corporate church fallout? Like what we just seen the splitting of the United Methodist church this week.

United Methodist churches split because of gay marriage. We have heard that before with the PCA & PCUSA (Presbyterian USA & America). I consider the issue of homosexuality, gay marriage is the most potent force to cause church split, historically, statistically, and there is no doubt. But what I am saying is that those who walk away from the scriptures will pay the price. There will be consequences on a massive scale. The Bible is clear on this:

1 Cor 6 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

There is no doubt consequences await those who walk away from God’s Word.

[1] John Calvin, Institutes of Christian Religion p 449

God doesn’t set goal of carnal prosperity & happiness but for the hope of immortality

If you are after only the temporal blessings and happiness, you are short sighted in life. This is one of the most common problems of humanity because that’s how the world’s wired us. Not so with God; he has wired us for eternity.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. Ecc 3:11

The goal set before the Jews by God in the Old Testament was not the carnal prosperity & happiness. (Calvin, Institute of Christian Religion)

But this is precisely the thing that we all aspire to have in our modern day New Testament era. If you look at the culture we live in today, many times Christians don’t look very different from non-believers. How? Because of our craving for happiness, material comfort, victories and triumphs. Why is that a problem? Because that produces shallow Christianity & that’s not the God we worship. This breeds a materialistic worldview in our lives in the midst of a very materialistic and sensory driven society we live in today. Looking to God for happiness, should be replaced with looking for joy. Happiness is external and transient but joy is within us that makes us rejoice in the Lord and not in circumstances only. That is one example of deeper walk with God. Culturally we live in a “I want” culture, greed driven culture, and without proper teaching Christians will be very lost in this world. And especially with the largely what I want from the Lord mindset, and what I can get from God, this is tremendously damaging to true Christianity. With the advent of the great move of Pentecostal growth, we praise God for miracles healing but it’s the asking God for all the blessings and not willing or able to grow in deeper understanding of Gods call in our lives is a precarious situation. That may just be like the golden calf, idolatry.

The goal set before the Jews by God in the Old Testament is actually their adoption into the hope of immortality; and assurance of this adoption was certified to them by oracles, laws, and the prophets. (John Calvin).

That’s a tremendous insight by Calvin. All these times, I am of the impression that if Israel obeys God, God will just bless them, prosper them.  And the covenant with the Lord was supported, not by their own merits, but solely by the mercy of God who called them.

So in other words, all the blessings God gave the Jews in the OT, were not for their own consumption per se, and that’s exactly the same for us today. So its not for carnal prosperity or happiness. Why? Because it produces more carnality, which is of the flesh, opposite to godliness. That’s a really important understanding. God doesn’t want us to be carnal. So what does God want? He wants to bring blessings to the Jews in the OT so as to bring them into the adoption into the hope of immortality. What’s immortality? That’s eternal life. You see, this is clear that God is not interested to make you happy for a short period of time, He wants to give you immortality, eternal life to be with him forever and ever, through adoption into his family in Jesus. That’s even in the OT. I know the adoption happens in the NT:

Eph 1 “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.”

But even before the creation of the world, God already predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ! God’s prosperity blessing upon us is all about adoption as sonship through Jesus. In other words, God’s blessings, discipline, and warnings of Israel are all wrapped up in the eventual goal of adoption of them into the immortal family of God. A really important concept to understand is that the covenant God is making with Israel was not by their merits, but solely by the mercy of God who called them. All the blessings God given them arose solely out of God’s goodness and kindness.

John 8: Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.

Jesus said Abraham, in the OT, even before the time of Moses, rejoiced at the thought of seeing Jesus’ day, and he saw it and was glad. What does that mean? That means even in the OT, Prophets in the OT , like Abraham, rejoiced to see Jesus’s day! This is like thousands of years before Jesus incarnated into this world! Abraham rejoiced at the thought of Jesus coming! He didn’t rejoice seeing Jesus, but just the thought of seeing Jesus bringing salvation to the world! We actually have Jesus now. Jesus is the Mediator, for our adoption into God’s family even in the OT times.

Conclusion is we can’t just want God’s blessings and prosperity when we know all these blessings from God is in the idea of the eventual goal of adoption into the immortality in God’s family. Unless we see the bigger picture of immortality or eternity, we will actually become carnal in receiving the prospering blessings of God. Only when we see our blessings of God is meant for God’s immortality real blessings, we may become blessed in a real way.

Jesus will separate the sheep from the goats

By Albert Ngu Dec 28, 2019

Matt 25: 31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 

This is absolutely scary. This is actually going to happen. Jesus will come and all the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another like separating the sheep from the goats.

Psalm 1: Blessed is the one     who does not walk in step with the wicked but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,    and who meditates on his law day and night.That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,    which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—    whatever they do prospers.Not so the wicked!    They are like chaff    that the wind blows away.Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,    nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

Psalm 1 talks about the wicked are like chaff that the wind blows away! (v4). The wicked shall not stand in the judgment and their way leads to destruction. But the righteous shall be like a tree planted by stream of water and yield its fruit in season, their leaf doesn’t wither, and whatever they do they prosper.

Scottish Psalter of 1595 says “Heavenly Father has given us his holy law, to be the only rule and measure (the Bible) whereby we shall live well and godly, make us by thy good grace to renounce our own carnal and fleshly desires, and all evil company, eschewing the way of sinners, that we may bring forth some fruits of the Spirit that, being always under thy holy protection, we may have perfect assurance and confidence; that when thy Son Jesus Christ, shall appeal to divide the goats fro the sheep, we may be accounted among the number of them that are redeemed by his blood. So be it.”[1]

First it’s a prayer for God to help us to live well and godly. To live a godly life in this world is challenging, but God has given us all provisions to enable us to do that. Remember, it’s not your trying to do it yourself, its more you crying out to God to enable you and help you. Then you can ask God for his grace to renounce our carnal and fleshly desires. That’s grace from the supernatural power of the sovereign God. Not by merit of ours, but totally a gift and endowment of God. That’s a clear nuance that we Christians must get hold of. Don’t push it by your won effort to be holy, because it will become man’s effort, not God’s grace.

Result: We may renounce carnal desires. Desires from the flesh, from the world, which is all around us from internet, media etc. But there is a bigger thing in life!!

So that we have this perfect assurance and confidence when the Son of God Jesus Christ shall appear in the end time to divide the goats from the sheep, we will be among the sheep. That’s so serious! Did you know that in the church today, its what reformed theology calls as the “Visible church”. The visible church is what you see now, and the invisible church s the real born again elect of God. Because not every one in the visible church is a born again elect of God. Some are just not born again, though they may feel guilty when doing wrong, though they may even go to church and pray etc, but Jesus clearly warned of the apostasy coming.

Matt 7 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

You see there is this divide. The goats from the sheep. There will be a separation. It will happen. Make sure, you reach out to God and walk by his power and grace.

[1] David Calhoun Prayer on the Psalms-Scottish Psalter of 1595, The Banner of truth

The Hope in life is not Ethics but the Resurrection of Christ

Our society is ridden with brokenness and sadness, and of course, in the midst of success, joy, and celebrations. But in the midst of the celebrations, there are tears of darkness somewhere. Some are straight darkness of unspeakable and despicable darkness and violence, and sadness. People do want to be better, and many books have been written to get better. However, many asked how? In the Bible Thomas was told that his other friends have seen the risen Christ, the Lord. Thomas is one of the twelve apostles personally trained and coached by Jesus himself. And he demanded proof after the resurrection of Jesus.

John 20: 26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” 28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Thomas says I will not believe it until I see the hands of Christ with the hole in there. Ethics didn’t change Thomas. He has heard all the ethics teachings of Jesus’ teachings, but that doesn’t change him about the death of Jesus and resurrection of Jesus. What changed him is he met with the risen Jesus who spoke to him “Put your finger here, see my hands.”

Ethics don’t change hearts. But the resurrection gives hope. The hope that transforms the down trodden gives them the hope of an eternity coming. It will be so much more powerful than what the world has seen or heard. It’s the hope that matters. So religion with ethics on what you should do can never give you the hope in life, but Christianity with the risen Christ gives you the hope you look for all your life.

St Augustine’s Struggle in life & Conversion to Christ & what that means to us?

Recently I dug out my History Final I on Augustine’s life, and I thought his life’s Confession book is a phenomenal book on his struggle, failures, but in the mist all these, his sharp and singular focus is invariably God. It’s amazing for him to do that. And we need that. That makes all the difference. For most of us, when we go through struggles, out focus is asking God to help, but God has not really been in our journey before, during, and after struggles. And the reason of our struggles is not God focused.  That’s why this blog article matters. Our human tradition and tendency is to get material wealth and achievements in schools, college, work, because that’s how our society has ingrained into us. It’s a performance driven society, which explains why college students face depression, anxieties, and the like. And not only them, but also working people, professionals striving to make ends meet for their families. Our focus seems to be on human achievement instead of God our creator.

Saint Augustine’s -One of the greatest Theologian’s life’s Struggle

Augustine of Hippo, one of the greatest theologian/pastors that ever lived, struggled against flesh, lust in his teen age. He was 16 years old and living a life seeking love and be loved, but was so obscured and overcast his heart that he was unstable to distinguish pure affection from unholy desire. He was confused and his passion was boiling over, blinding him, dragged into a whole lot of unchaste desires. But there seems to be something behind all these turmoil in his life that sure makes a lot of sense to help folks like us today.

Our focus seems to be on human achievement instead of God our creator

Our focus seems to be on human achievement instead of God our creator. Case in point when Augustine’s dad, one day, saw him at the baths and perceived that he was becoming a man, showing signs of adolescence, he joyfully told his mother about it as it already looking forward to grandchildren, rejoicing in that inebriation in which the world so often forgets God, our creator, and falls in love with God’s creature—the intoxication of the invincible wine that bows down to infamy. (P. 55, Kerr). That actually backfired on the young Augustine, as he felt like dad is more concerned about what he wants from him, rather than what’s best for him.

Augustine brought up a power connection that all of us must get hold of in such direness

However, Augustine went beyond mentioning that, but rather he brought up a power connection that all of us must get hold of in such direness. That is Augustine brought in the picture/image or the topic of God our creator. He lamented that he and his father did not look to God, but to what earthly pleasures though how temporal offer them. The fact that he lifted up his head at that moment and thought about God, is in itself God’s moving in his heart. But in the mist of all this downward spiral turn, the most important right thing that he did, he cried to God, and groaned before him. That’s a real solid sign that God will do something to a person. That’s what Jesus said, “seek me and you will find me.” 

There was also this recognition by Augustine of God’s voice speaking through his mum when his mum admonished him privately one time, regarding chastity, not fornication or worse adultery. He recalled after that that was the voice of God speaking through his mum to him. God can speak through anyone, but generally through those who care for you and those who have oversight over you.

Augustine also mentioned that (p.56 Kerr) he took pleasure in his exploits of boasting of their disgraceful acts to compete with his friends who were equally if not more lost. He was ashamed and angry with that, because he took pleasures not for pleasure sake only, but mostly for praise.

Augustine’s desperation & Conversion to God

And he became more and more desperate until one day he threw himself under a tree before the Lord and poured out his heart to God with weeping tears pleading with God to end his uncleanness. While he was weeping in the most bitter contrition of heart, he heard a voice of a boy or girl saying, “Pick it up, read it. Pick it up, read it.” Out of fascination, he did and felt like a divine command came upon him and opened the bible and the first passage says:

 “Not in rioting an drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife an envying, but put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof.” (Rom 10:13).

Augustine turned around and wanted to read no more, and needed no further, for instantly, there was infused into his heart something like the light of deck certainty and all the gloom of doubt vanished away. (p. 58 Kerr). This is the turning point of this young 16 years old man, crying out in anguish to God and he got it. He encountered God in a miraculous way and he was like Paul, instantly dramatically transformed, and emerged thereafter as the most influential theologian of all time.

I will affirm that we all need to have a heart that seeks him, and all the more we need to, and only our creator God will set us free and the verse is “put on the Lord Jesus Christ”.

[1] Hugh Kerr  Readings in Christina Thought (1990) Abington Press, 201 8th Ave South, Nashville, TN 37023 p 55

Concern of Evangelical’s attitude towards Social Issues

The recent CT (Christianity Today Magazine) editorial publication asks that evangelicals must support the removal of President Trump. [1] Then CT magazine president offered to dialogue with both sides of Christian aisle.[2] He complained on the wholehearted embrace of Trump. [3]

I agree with all the immoral public behavior of Trump should not be embraced. Many Christians condemn that, at the expense of what he has done to help the values of the Christendom. He puts in Supreme Court judges that are conservative, and hundreds of other conservative judicial judges. That’s been sidelined. That’s really a call. I think we should embrace what Trump’s good works he has done, but condemn any immoral behavior of Trump publicly.

On the other hand, Obama’s characters appeared decent and definitely smooth, a liberal president & Christian, but his policies killed thousands of unborn babies, and endorsed gay marriage. CT has critiqued a little on Obama but really nothing much and nowhere near removing him. Why?

Dr. Carl Truman says it well the alternative to Trump is worse.

Scholar & theologian Carl R Tureman says it well the alternative to Trump is worse. He wrote in First Thing “When someone calls for Trump to be thrown out of office by impeachment or the ballot box, it is reasonable to ask what the available alternatives are. As Mother Theresa is unavailable for the White House, we are really looking at Biden, Warren, or Sanders. I can’t speak to the personal moral qualities of these people, but would voting for them or their policies give Christians any more credibility? Given the role of abortion and LGBTQ rights in their respective campaigns, this is surely something any Christian has to address.”[4]

My take and worry is that it seems to me that abortion & LGBT is not as big a concern as the perceived racism and hostility to illegal/legal immigrants. The evangelicals have been numbed to the former, but wide-awake to the latter. Why? Because of the secular worldview shift to embrace the latter. The evangelicals have embraced that unfortunately due to a lack of clear biblical conviction and the intense social pressure. I think that should be a bigger concern to the churches and pastors on why are the congregation and particularly young people behave that way?

This does look like the end time apostasy coming. Matt 7: 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ That’s the bigger problem that evangelicals face.



[3] Tim Darlymple The problem is that we as evangelicals are also associated with President Trump’s rampant immorality, greed, and corruption; his divisiveness and race-baiting; his cruelty and hostility to immigrants and refugees; and more. In other words, the problem is the wholeheartedness of the embrace.”

[4] Carl Trueman