When Was a Better Day For Christianity?

When Was A Better Day For Christianity?
By: Michael D. Tobin Jan 2, 2016


Parents who are first generation Christians don't always produce the strength in their children needed to be stronger second generation Christians.
Well, let me cut to the chase and refer you to American Christianity, so we can see the crux of the matter, because we've all heard that politics is not going to help our success, and is not the ultimate say on our future. The future is in the hands of God.
One of the interesting things about AW Tozer is that he covered Christianity from at least 1920 until he died in 1963. He was born in 1897 which would make him 3 yrs old in 1900. But I can't read his commentary without thinking about today's church and society, and without being surprised that he was actually describing the church in the days that we think was a better day. But when WAS a better day?
If you read the Bible, you'll see in the Old Testament and New Testament, that the writers were describing the same mentalities then, as are prevalent now. I leave you with an AW Tozer devotional and a final thought of mine: Our satisfaction with the church of the day has never been adequate, from today, all the way back into the time of the Gospels and Epistles. We have never been satisfied with what we've seen in the church. And that is because Christianity as a religion is doomed to failure along with all the rest. But Christianity as a personal relationship is the true picture of success. The same challenge has always been this: John 3:19-21 19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
AW Tozer Devotional: A Lower Level
O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. Psalm 71:17
There are leaders and there are churches within the Christianity of our day who will surely answer for their failure to apply the disciplines of the New Testament to the present generation of young people.
Much of Christianity today does not hold to the necessity for disciplines in the Christian life. If we have any of God’s concerns in our hearts, we must grieve over the lack of spirituality in the lives of great segments of professing Christian young people. It is not my calling to assess blame. It is part of my Christian calling to proclaim the fact that no one, young or old, hasthe right to come to Jesus Christ and stake out their own conditions and terms.
Segments of Christianity have made every possible concession in efforts to win young people to Christ; but instead of converting them to Christ, they have “converted” Christianity to them. Too often they have come down to the modern level—playing, teasing, coaxing and entertaining. In essence, they have been saying to them, “We will do everything as you want it,” instead of giving them Christ’s insistent word, “Take up your cross!”
O Lord, our young people are the future members and leaders of our churches. To the degree that we teach them the ways of the Lord, they will either be vibrant or weak believers. Lord, don’t let us forsake our youth!



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This book is not time sensitive, meaning that it will never lose it's relevance. In fact, it should be read to relate to any time now and in the future by students, instructors, new believers, non believers and seasoned laypersons. I also avoided listing current statistics that would just waste reading time and space, when we now have internet search capabilities to fulfill those purposes With that said, I think we can agree we all feel like the world is in a NASCAR race full of crashes, delays, cautions, pit-stops and even deaths. This race and all of its' madness has to stop, and I want a sense of peace. He leadeth us to still waters. 
There is an old saying, "the end results justify the means to achieve such results." 
The reason for my book title containing the word, "righteous", instead of greatness, is because it's a pun on Donald Trumps' Presidential campaign slogan, "Lets Make America Great Again." My point throughout this book is to show that righteousness is the means to achieve greatness. Therefore one does not become great in its' desired sense and definition without first becoming righteous. Also, America will never be great, unless the Church is great. I have compiled eleven years of my best essays relating to this books title, and one of them is from twenty-six years ago that I finally wrote in 2006. 
Here are the definitions of righteousness, and great: 
Righteousness: the quality or state of being just or rightful 
Great: wonderful first-rate; very good...


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