I recently cancelled my subscription to SKY TV. My family decided the £65 plus monthly subscription would be better spent on a foreign holiday than the programming on offer.
Reflecting on our fifteen year relationship with the broadcaster, I must admit that I was excited when we first signed up. Wall to wall football plus a large number of Christian channels appeared to be a real attraction. I soon lost interest in the so-called 'Christian channels', most of which turned out to be a mix of contemporary heresy and plain fraud.
With a little research, I found that many of the Christian media stars while consistently asking for donations towards their particular ministry are paying themselves more than premiership footballers and living lifestyles which do not reflect Biblical principles. Examples of outrageous fraud include being asked to pay $135 in order to receive a 'Boaz anointing' and the 'free' green miracle prosperity handkerchief which is delivered in return for personal details which are then sold on to retailers across the world.
A Christian friend recently likened these and other deceptions happening in the church as being similar to the famous antiquarian story of the wooden horse of Troy.
As the tale goes, Greek soldiers had laid siege to the city of Troy for ten years, all to no avail. Ulysses, a brilliant strategist, decided to have a large wooden horse built and left at the city gates as a supposed gift. The Greeks then sailed away in apparent defeat while the curious and proud Trojans brought the wooden horse inside their fortified walls. That night, Greek soldiers hidden inside the horse crept out and opened the city gates to allow entry to the returning Greeks who massacred the inhabitants and looted the city. Ever since, the Trojan horse has been a symbol of infiltration and deception.
Throughout its history, the church has embraced many Trojan horses. The evil one has and is effectively using people, ideas and practices disguised as gifts, wrapped and presented attractively with media slickness to lure people away from the truth of God into destructive error.
To discerning bible believing Scottish Christians this should come as no surprise. After all we live in the last days. Writing to Timothy, the Apostle Paul warned the church about such things: "In the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power".
Scottish evangelicals are being bombarded as never before with a huge variety of weird, extreme doctrines and practice which have more in common with shamanism, eastern religions and bogus 'psycho-babble' than the Bible.
Time for Bible believing Christians to stand up for the truth as revealed in the scriptures.