We Need the Old-Time Religion
THE old-time religion which saved our forefathers and which put righteousness in their hearts and which put iron in their will so that they were moved to cross oceans and build nations is the religion we desperately need today. The old-time Christian faith is a doctrine and a life. The doctrine is: “Christ died for our sins.” I Corinthians 15:3. And the life is: Christ, “the Way, the Truth and the Life.” John 14:6.
At this moment, millions of people in the world are bewildered, frustrated, disillusioned, disappointed and asking themselves hundreds of questions. What lies just ahead? Whither are we bound?… What is to be the next act in the great human drama?
Men know not which way to turn… Everyone seems to agree that a terrible catastrophe lies just ahead… A high government official has said that America is now fighting for survival.
The past generation has been an age of folly, pragmatism, behaviorism, relativism, secularism, and materialism — an age in which we humanized God and defied man. We outlawed the supernatural. We said, “We don’t need God; we can solve our own problems.” We worshipped at the shrine of science, thinking that science… would solve the problems of mankind, and bring in the Utopia man had long dreamed.
As a result of our disregard of God, the Bible and the church, we went on the skids morally. The home, which is the basic unit of any city, is now crumbling with one divorce in every four marriages. Our crime bill last year was over 16 billion dollars. Promiscuous immorality everywhere, habit-forming drugs, mental diseases, filthy literature… We in America decided we did not need religion: therefore, 65 million Americans are not members of any church and 36 million American youth are not in any Sunday school.
Today the western world stands face to face with the most fanatical and fiendish power the world has ever known… Its avowed purpose is to pull God out of the skies, oppose the churches, tear up the Bible, and kill the Christians…
At this moment there are millions of people asking, “What is wrong? Why can’t we solve our problems? Must it always be this way?” To a reader of the Bible the answer is very simple. The Bible teaches that human nature is incapable of saving itself. The Bible teaches that the fundamental disturbance of the human race lies in the sinful nature of man (Romans 5:12). Therefore, the simple Gospel of Christ is declared in the Bible to be the answer to these international and national disturbances.
God’s answer to the problem of sin is the crucified and living Christ (John 3:16). The light of the living Christ injected into society comes by way of the regenerated individual (II Corinthians 5:17). We say that Jesus Christ is at this moment the greatest living person in the universe (Colossians 1:14-22)…
There is no possibility of entering a Utopia without first confessing our sin and coming back to God through Jesus Christ, His Son (Romans 6:23). Yes, I sincerely believe that we need that old-time religion… the historical Christian religion with Jesus Christ, the Son of God, as the center.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord… Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Romans 6:23; Acts 16:31.