A Feast site with an attendance of more than a few hundred is rare anywhere in the church.
are essentially gone as well, with a few exceptions in the larger church bodies.
In I Corinthians -40, Paul stresses that time is short and attention to God is the vital key (verse 35), not marriage, possessions, physical happiness or this society, which "is passing away" (verses 29-31). However, he says if one cannot contain himself emotionally and sexually, it is not a sin to marry, though it would be better not to do so under such stressful circumstances (verses 36-38).
He also stipulates—and this is now inspired Scripture with no wiggle room—that marriage is to be only with another in the church (verse 39). While this end time is frustrating and will become the most difficult in human experience, God provides a way of escape to those who will believe Him (I Corinthians ).
Only a remnant of Israel (see Isaiah ) and of the population of the world (see Revelation 6:8; 8:7-11; ; 16:1-21; -21) will survive to see Christ's return.
Many of these will be begging for death (Revelation -17; 9:6). These scriptures and others like them are designed to galvanize us into positive action.
Some are staying with the church, but dabbling in the world—alcohol, drugs, dating, sex, smoking—and the attendant identifications with its popular culture as expressed in clothing, tattoos, body piercing, language and music. These are distressing, trying, arduous, tough times. Postal couriers traveled by horseback, camel and "slow boat to Corinth." Letters could take months to arrive, especially in the winter when sailing was hazardous.
Many young people see no real future in the church and have gone into the world. In addressing this very real and very knotty problem, I scratch my head in dismay, just as many of our young people are. It may come as a surprise to many to realize that the early church faced similar dynamics. The apostles and other leaders were thrown in jail, tortured, beaten and stoned, and almost all of them were ultimately martyred. Persecution spread the church all over the Mediterranean area. They had no telephones, e-mail or means of fast travel.
Many of the problems found in marriages today result from a poor understanding of proper dating.A generation ago, young people in God's church could attend Ambassador College, the Summer Educational Program (S. Bible prophecy shows that the faithful remnant of the church will flee to a place of safety (Revelation 12:6, 14).