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A parable for the compromised church

Jesus was speaking to his disciples when He said,

46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.   Luke 6:46-49

I was reading these verses a few days ago and something struck me about this. It reminded me of the state of the Christian church today.

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Frequently, I read, hear and witness first hand disbelief in the Words of God, in the very places that are supposed to uphold them, the so-called Christian church. But so many of the protestant churches are compromised. They compromise on the Words of God, the very Words He gave us.

Jesus questions. Why call Him Lord and not do what He says? Why say you believe but in practice you don’t?

Last week a church pastor, the leader of his church, told me the reason he believes the universe is very old, and not some 6000 thousand years old, according to the Bible. He said it is because he believes in the Scientific Method. (See The Lawgiver is the biblical Creator God for a true understanding of the Scientific Method.)

I questioned his belief when it came to Adam and Eve. He said he believed in evolution over billions of years of Earth’s history because there are many scientists who believe that and many Christians too.

Did Adam’s sin pass onto all men (original sin)? Is that the reason Adam died a physical death, and as a result he passed death onto all humans, because we all sin? I.e. we inherited Adam’s sin nature.

I asked him then was death a common part of life for billions of years? He said it was. This is the evolution story; a history of millions and billions of years of death as one type of plant or animal evolves into another.


Then what was God’s warning to Adam that he would die if he ate of the forbidden fruit? The answer he gave was that God made a personal deal with Adam. Only Adam would live eternally if he did not eat that fruit. But it makes no sense because Jesus Christ is called that last Adam.

And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 1 Corinthians 15:45

And He vanquished the power of Death. That means He overcame the power death has on the believer. Christ proved it through his physical bodily resurrection.

The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.  1 Corinthians 15:26

The whole gospel message is predicated on the fact that there was no death before Adam’s sin. Now that we have inherited Adam’s sin nature, we also are sentenced to death by God’s judgment for our sins.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

That’s the whole Good News, right there.

But all this wresting of the Scriptures starts with not hearing and doing what God has said. That means denying His simple gospel truths, which start with the history of the world in Genesis 1. But that pastor believed the scientists, not the Bible. He is one who “hears, and does not” and “is like a man that without a foundation.”

That leads to a weak church, led by a weak pastor, who denies the Word of God. Why can’t they see it? Blind leaders of the blind.

Jesus says, he that “hears” his “sayings, and does them…is like a man which built an house” with a “foundation on a rock.” What a difference. It is about trusting God’s Words as authoritative. That is the foundation of faith.

I quoted him:

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  2 Corinthians 6:14,15

But the pastor takes his lead from the world, from the so-called expert scientists. He says it is the Scientific Method he trusts. I said that I also believe in the Scientific Method but I know its limitations.  I said also I am a scientist, and I don’t believe in evolution and billions of years of Earth history. Yet the pastor remained equivocal and unbelieving. It made no difference, you see, because his mind was made up and he did not want to be “confused with the facts.”

Your starting assumptions are those that determine what you will eventually believe, because they determine what you do in fact believe.


The Scripture ends with “…immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.” This is what this sort of compromise leads to and the great ruin is due to the loss of faith, by the professing believers, in the revealed Words of God.

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By John Gideon Hartnett

Dr John G. Hartnett is an Australian physicist and cosmologist, and a Christian with a biblical creationist worldview. He received a B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D. (with distinction) in Physics from The University of Western Australia, W.A., Australia. He was an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA) fellow at the University of Adelaide, with rank of Associate Professor. Now he is retired. He has published more than 200 papers in scientific journals, book chapters and conference proceedings.