​My prayer for the Church in this age of itchy ears and false teachers …

Lord, raise up true elders – “grown ups” among us who serve your people in their local communities – to teach sound doctrine and confront those who redefine:

Faith as doubt;

Grace as excuse;

Love as license;

Truth as relative;

Reality as subjective;

Morality as optional;

Scripture as existential;

Community as conformity;

Diverse gifts as distractions;

Church as show;

Calling as hierarchy; or

Worship as spectacle.

May we, Lord, understand the times and proclaim with Paul:

“Henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive …” Eph. 4:14