(OPINION) Influential Pastor David Jeremiah has voiced his concerns about the seemingly increasing number of pastors and churches straying from biblical truth, warning that this trend indicates the “falling away” Scripture prophesies ahead of the End Times.

In an interview with The Christian Post, the 82-year-old founder of Turning Point Radio and Television ministries said that “one of the things the Bible says is that during the time when we’re anticipating the rapture, there will be what they call the falling away, the apostasy, is what theologians call it.”

“And if you study that, what it teaches is that there will be a time when people who once embraced the truth will fall away from the truth, and it will be an epidemic of this,” said Jeremiah.


Jeremiah, who also serves as the senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California, cited examples of pastors renouncing their beliefs, deconstructing or facing moral failures that disqualify them from ministry, indicating a trend of spiritual decline.

“Hardly a month goes by where you don’t hear somebody that you thought was straight and going in the right way and doing the right things and teaching the right truth, and now they don’t believe this anymore, or they’ve gotten in trouble, and they’re no longer in the ministry anymore,” he said.

“The enemy is is at work. The Bible says Satan goes about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. And he doesn’t devour our bodies. Obviously, he devours our influence.

And he’s been really busy doing that. He’s devouring the influence of many people who said that they were Christians. A lot of young guys who I know are saying, ‘I don’t believe in there’s anything wrong with abortion,’ or ‘I don’t believe there’s anything wrong with homosexuality’ or all of these other issues. They once did, but now they don’t. That’s the falling away. That’s what the Bible says is going to happen, and it’s happening.”

The pastor considered the modern day to be “a time of great discouragement and despair,” believing that “we’re actually watching the disintegration of our nation right in front of us” and that it was “happening, not in a century, it’s happening within a decade.”

“Law and Order is gone. Truth is gone. Gender is gone. Schools are dissipating,” Jeremiah said. “We have a Christian school at our ministry, and when we started COVID, we had 1,200 students.

We now have 1,700 students because people are in despair in California. … they want to put their children where they won’t be told that they’re not who God created them to be.”

Jeremiah emphasized the need for Christians to remain rooted in Scripture and not drift away from the truth, especially in the current spiritually precarious climate.

According to the American Bible Society’s 2022 State of the Bible report, the number of United States adults who read the Bible at least “at least 3-4 times each year on their own, outside of a church setting” has dropped from 50% in 2021 to 39% last year.

Jeremiah lamented the reality that many churches have adopted a “feel-good mentality” instead of preaching the Word of God, adding that “we’re in a very desperate place.”

“Don’t tell me that we’re not in a bad place; tell me how to live while I’m in that place,” he said. “How did you get through it?”

“I think one of the things that encourages me greatly is every time I think that we’re in the worst place possible, I realize that the world in which the Bible was written, and to whom it was written initially, was way worse than anything we’re experiencing right now. And they understood the power of the Scripture.”


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