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Jesus once said, "When the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8). And, when I see the things happening in our world today, it gives me cause to wonder about the answer to that question.

Yes, there are many who profess to be Christians, but how many are left who really hold to the true and Biblical Christian Faith?

How many believe the Triune God of the Bible created the heavens and earth and all things in six days (each with an evening and morning) and that the age of the earth is only about 6,000 years and not millions or billions of years old?

How many believe the account of the fall of mankind into sin in Genesis 3 or of God's judgment upon the world in the Great Flood of Genesis 6-8? How many believe that the imagination of Man's heart is (since the fall) evil from his youth (Gen. 6:5; 8:21; Jer. 17:9)?

How many believe all the Biblical accounts regarding the patriarchs and believers of the Old Testament period?

How many believe the Bible's accounts of miracles in both the Old and New Testaments?

How many believe what the Bible teaches throughout about marriage being the lifelong union of one man and one woman unto one flesh? How many believe the Bible when it condemns fornication, adultery, homosexuality and every other perversion of God's design for a man and woman in marriage as instituted by God in Genesis 2?

How many believe what the Bible says in regard to human life being God's creative work in the womb and believe that abortion and euthanasia are contrary to God's commandment against murder?

How many believe what the Bible teaches about the roles of men and women in the church and in the world? How many accept the Bible's prohibition against women in the public ministry?

How many believe the commandments of God are good and right even though we all come short of keeping them as God intends and they reveal the sinfulness of our thoughts, desires, words and actions? How many believe the Bible's teaching regarding their utter sinfulness before God and their inability to be acceptable to God on the basis of their own works and life?

How many believe that Jesus is truly God the Son in human flesh, born into this world of the virgin Mary; that He lived a sinless life in the stead of all mankind and then was crucified to atone for the sins of all mankind and rose bodily from the grave on the third day? How many believe He has ascended to the right hand of God the Father in heaven where He is over all things, and that He is coming again to raise up all the dead and will judge every human being who has ever lived?

How many believe that they -- not just others -- need to repent daily of the many sins and shortcomings in their lives and look in faith to Christ Jesus and His cross for mercy and forgiveness and then seek God's help and strength to amend their lives and live in accord with God's commandments?

How many believe that the only way to be acceptable to God and receive God's mercy and forgiveness is through faith in Jesus Christ, which is not of our own will or decision but created by the Holy Spirit's working through the promises of the Gospel?

How many believe there is only one way to be spared in God's final judgment and not be condemned to the eternal fires of hell and that is through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice on the cross for the sins of the world?

Yes, I could go on and on, but you get my point. Many who claim to be Christians are smorgasbord Christians. They pick and choose what parts of the Bible they believe and reject or ignore the others. But we won't get to pick and choose which parts of the Bible are used when we are judged on the Last Day.

Considering the current direction of the world, most churches and so many people who still claim to be Christian, "when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8).

Randy Moll is the managing editor of the Westside Eagle Observer and also a pastor at Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Chruch in Rogers. He may be contacted by email at [email protected] Opinions expressed are those of the author. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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