Why does that matter? It matters because the truth is not being taught faithfully. Biblical truth is being bent and quietly shuffled out of sight in order to make the teachings in growth churches appeal to the broadest reaches of the American public. I was just listening to Brian Brodersen teaching in Ephesians 2. I am reminded that the Gospel is not about fitting into the status quo. The transforming power of Christ moves us from who we were in the world to a new person in Jesus. Brodersen called it going from the pit to the pinnacle. He asked us, "Why would you want to go back to the person you were when you were dead in your sins and trespasses?" Not me. Before I was saved, I was anxious, depressed, and hopeless. No thanks.
But, that means I don't fit in with much of America. Hebrews 11:9 tells us that Abraham felt like an alien in a foreign country. So, I guess I'm in good company.
Considering that much of contemporary American Christianity is tainted by the apostate teachings of ambitious, emergent pastors, where do you find good teaching? My first answer is -- straight from the Bible itself. It is important to select translations that are accurate and don't have an editorial bias. I enjoy reading New King James Version (NKJV), New International Version (NIV), and New English Translation (NET). I also use the New American Standard Bible (NASB) for study.
Second, listen to the teachings of pastors who stay faithful to Biblical truth. You may not find such a pastor in your local area, unfortunately. This is where God has richly blessed us through the internet. I get a lot of my teaching online. The two pastors whom I have never met, nor attended their church, but whom I have been listening faithfully to for years are Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills and Brian Brodersen of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. I also enjoy David Hocking, Chuck Missler, and J. Vernon McGee.
You can find both the Bible and commentary on the Bible by sound Biblical teachers at the Blue Letter Bible website. Video and radio programs can be found at HisChannel and KWVE.
And, don't forget great books! There are so many great works by men who lived before the era of audio/visual recordings. They wrote their sermons and commentaries down on paper -- men like Andrew Murray, John Bunyan, Charles Spurgeon, J.B. Phillips, Frances A. Schaeffer, and J.I. Packer. Feel free to check out my bookshelf on goodreads.
I also mentioned news in my blog title today because I believe everything we read and listen to has the ability to either edify or deceive. This is why I gave up watching TV years ago. Instead, I get my news from alternative sources. In addition to the usual alternative news websites like Drudge and ZeroHedge, I also listen to the daily podcasts of the Hagmann & Hagmann Report, TruNews with Rick Wiles, and Caravan to Midnight with John B. Wells.
I am filing this all under Liberty because you can't be free unless you see clearly, unless you know the truth. I choose liberty.