Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first… 2 Thess 2:3
Sunday evening I attended San Augustine Assembly of God, which hosted a concert with Dallas Holm.
Dallas is a Christian singer, who was very popular in the mid-1970’s to the late-1980’s.
Along with singing he gave his testimony, talked about music, and presented the word of God.
He talked about the above verse. He always thought the falling away would be people leaving church. For years he kept watch on church attendance looking for this falling away to begin.
Then something happened and it dawned on him what the falling away is really about.
He spoke of turning on the television and seeing a very popular minister beginning the “sermon”, which was titled on the TV screen “Maintaining Your Idea Weight”.
Dallas said he thought perhaps it dealt with the weight of sin or something.
It didn’t take long to discover that it was about physical weight.
The minister said to eat dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. You need to take those cookies and put them up high out of reach so that it’s more difficult to reach them.
You can also exercise, which will release endorphins. The endorphins will make you feel better. When you feel better you’ll be more productive at work, get a raise, and be able to buy more possessions.
Dallas then said the camera panned across the church, which looked like there were 15,000 people in attendance. The camera zoomed in closer on several and they were keeping notes!
Keeping notes on what? Weight loss?
Ministers, like the one Dallas spoke of, have a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 2 Tim 3:5-7
He watched as these note keepers were learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
The falling away is not people leaving church – it’s the church leaving the knowledge of the truth of the Gospel.
That is happening in full force!