The days are more dark and dangerous than they have ever been.
An overwhelming spirit of apostasy appears to be at work, and the spiritual landscape of Christendom in the West is bleak. Evangelicals everywhere are being swept away by godless ideologies, insatiable entertainment, and lawless lifestyles. Many have fallen; many will be destroyed. Evangelicalism is on sinking sand, having dreadfully departed from Reformation Protestantism to the degree that the two are antithetical.
Read the following grim words of the late pastor L.R. Shelton, who died in 2003. How much worse have things become since then—and in such a short span of time!
My heart is heavy because of the spiritual darkness of our day and the unconcern for holiness and righteous living that is so manifested among so-called Christians. As I face this sad spiritual condition, my soul cries unto our living God, "O Lord, rend the heavens and come down; in wrath remember mercy, pour out Thy Spirit of grace and supplication upon us, for we need Thy redeeming grace in this hour!"
Never were there so many millions of nominal Christians on earth as there are today. Never was there such a small percentage of true believers. Not since before the days of the great reformation has Christendom been so crowded with those who have a form of godliness, but who are strangers to its transforming power. I seriously doubt whether there has ever been a time in history of this Christian era when there were such multitudes of deceived souls within and without the churches who verily believe that all is well with their soul, when in fact, the wrath of God abideth on them. …
Surely there is more light today upon the Word of God than there has ever been, for Bible study groups are springing up everywhere; but there is less life in Christ than ever before. There are more professions today than there have ever been, but less sanctification of life. Seemingly everybody seems to be "born again"; but where are the fruits of the new birth? There is more fasting, praying and preaching than ever, but where is the practice and the power of true religion in Christ? … Where is the Christ-like life?—those to whom the Lord Jesus Christ is precious and a living reality?