MEGA CHURCH EVANGELICALS ARE STARVING FOR THE BODY AND BLOOD OF JESUS
“The poll results indicate that 50% of all Christian men and 20% of all Christian women are addicted to pornography,” said Clay Jones, founder and President of Second Glance Ministries...60% of the women who answered the survey admitted to having significant struggles with lust, 40% admitted to being involved in sexual sin in the past year, and 20% of the church-going female participants struggle with looking at pornography on an ongoing basis.
“There have been dynamic paradigm shifts in the behavior of Christians over the last four years,” explained Jones. “Technology [the Internet] has allowed pornography to flood the market place beyond a controllable level.”
The paradigm shift which Mr. Jones is referring to is not caused by the proliferation of the internet, rather it is the inevitable consequence of christianity that is starving for the Body and Blood of Jesus in the Eucharist.
Ignatius of Antioch stated in 110 A.D : "Take note of those who hold heterodox opinions on the grace of Jesus Christ which has come to us, and see how contrary their opinions are to the mind of God..."They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer because they do not confess that the Eucharist is the flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ, flesh which suffered for our sins and which that Father, in his goodness, raised up again. They who deny the gift of God are perishing in their disputes" Epistle to the Smyrnaeans 6:2; 7:1.
The media is awash in reports of protestant Christians shifting their focus from more traditionally conservative social issues like pro-life causes, to more wordly concerns like global warming and even "tolerance" of homosexuality. With leaders like Rick Warren of the "Purpose Driven Life" fame, there is a new more friendly face that is much more amiable and pleasant to the world than Jerry Falwell's version was. It is indeed a new day for protestantism.
This change has more importantly affected the individual lifestyles of the once saved always saved. Also see here for more of the same. I personally have many relatives who have left the Roman Catholic faith to be "born again". None of these converts were living their Catholic faith prior to their conversion, and most of the conversions were precipitated by a divorce. But years back when I was growing up, my newly saved relatives were very conservative in every aspect. The ladies wore dresses and skirts and carried their bibles. There was no drinking, no dancing and no compromise with the world. But over the years life without the Body and Blood of Jesus has not borne good fruit in the lives of these relatives. I have watched as those who years ago, had politely informed me that Catholicism was a cult, and that I did not personally know Jesus, have now become immersed in the world--conforming to every fad and fashion. The church lady modesty is gone. They and their offspring have contracepted, advocated withdrawl of food and water from sick and dying relatives, engaged in scandalous infidelities, and divorced, and remarried just like wordlings.
The days of starving evangelicalism may be numbered. Yes, they may have their mega-churches with mega-emotion provoking music, cushy theater seats and coffee shops, but Jesus is not present. The feel good wordly comforts and fellowship cannot sustain a soul.
"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him" (John 6:53–56).
Our God is not one of mere symbolism--as the Blessed Virgin Mary stated--"nothing is impossible with God".