Unbelief: The Undoing Of Man- Pastor E.A Adeboye
Unbelief has been reoccurring problem of mankind in spite of the abundant sign and wonder which the Almighty has demonstrated over the years. It is even more pronounced in this generation, where knowledge based on observation has tremendously increased as indicated by the Holy Spirit (Daniel 12:4). Because the human mind is crafted from childhood to be built around sense-based observations and not on faith, unbelief reigns supreme within the natural mind. No wonder the Lord Jesus Christ in Luke 18:8 asked in this question: “Nevertheless when the son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”
You may think unbelief is just a problem of the world, since anyone who comes to God must believe that He is, according to Hebrews 11:6. Well, let me announce to you that more than ever before, the problem of unbelief is now characteristic of the church. The early church also had this problem and this was why the Holy Spirit sent us this warning in Hebrew 3:12: “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any if you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.”
The devil has craftily repackaged this old menace of unbelief in our time. When the authenticity of the Bible is being questioned and the relevance of its content to the 21st century Church is being debated among high ranking church councils and leaders, should we be looking for unbelief elsewhere? Decades ago, some scholars sowed the seed of unbelief, and the church seemed to be careless about it. They suggested that the New Testament needed to be “demystified”, so that the modern man could embrace the divine literature. In essence, certain things such as the accounts of miracles should be removed from the new testament so that Christianity could sound logical to the modern mind.
The Evangelicals and Pentecostals never thought that this evil seed will find its way into their fold. Now we know better. Today we have a situation where several Church leaders don’t believe in the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Several so-called archbishops don’t believe Jesus is the only wat that leads to salvation. Several Christians don’t believe in the reality of eternal punishment in hell fire.
This and several other forms of unbelief has taken hold in the hearts of many simple hearted Christians who are too lazy to search the scriptures to experience of the truth of God’s word themselves, little by little, the core of our faith as Christians is being eroded away.
The question that Jesus asked about our faith, which seemed so far-fetched in His days is increasingly becoming real in our day. This is why the Holy Spirit is saying to us in Habakkuk 2:4b: “… but the just shall live by his faith.”
What is the state of your faith in God and his immutable word today?