No one can question the thought that this world that we are living in is not the same world of 30 years ago, 20 years ago, nor even 10 years ago. Good or bad, changes have drastically taken place.
Here is an interesting quote by Charles G. Finney, a well known evangelist over 100 years ago, on his idea of bad change in America. He who wrote in The Decay of Conscience in 1873:
“Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.”
What do you think? Was he way off track or was he on the money?