From my own experience and what I've heard from others this isn't a problem only among the IFB churches you speak of. It seems many have lost their way. Many pastors have forgotten, or never learned, their main job is to build up the congregation in the Word so they can rightly live for the Lord. Too many want to preach to the choir, as it were, only pointing out the sins of others, or preaching more of a political than biblical sermon. There are many forms of itching ears and some infect our churches as well as so many others. Discipleship is sorely lacking. Some of this stems from the rise of youth culture and youth worship that has swept across America over the past six or so decades. Older folks, including the elderly, are often either looked down upon or simply tolerated unless they exhibit "youthful" attitudes and actions. Children and youth are exalted to levels above their station and often catered to. The same worldly influences driving the youth culture in secular society infects our churches. Children's church, youth groups, even bus ministries and the like have been elevated to the point they take precedence over other matters in the church and are conducted in a manner more conforming to the world than Scripture. The emphasis on these youth oriented programs tend to center around entertainment and fun far more than sharing the Gospel, making disciples, building them in the faith. I can't even count the times I've heard Christians parents talking so highly of a nearby church because they have such a fun youth program and how they let the youth do so many things there, they are active and have lots of fun. In all these years I've never once heard any parent of a child/youth in those programs comment upon there being any winning those lost children/youth to Christ, of discipleship taking place, of growing in the Lord. Meanwhile, they look down upon our churches youth group for spending so much time in study and discussion of the Word. When I attend a church service I want to hear the Word preached, expounded upon and hear how the Word should be applied in our lives. I don't need to hear about the latest Clinton scandal, the new music the church across town is using, an update on what Putin had for breakfast or what's wrong with the new Hollywood blockbuster movie. I can learn of all those from the news or hearing people talk about town. We need to hear preachers preaching the Word so we can live by the Word. Sadly, most older folks in the church don't want to be involved with the youth and most of the youth don't want older folks involved with them. What a great loss this is when so much could be gained from godly older men teaching and discipling young boys to become men of God and older women teaching and discipling young girls to become godly women.
Many of these with itching ears are also church hoppers, and often of the sort that stirs strife wherever they go. As soon as they come to a new church it doesn't take long before they find something "wrong" and they start complaining. Sometimes they will only afflict the pastor with their complaints and demands, but others will work to stir up members of the congregation to side with them. This usually ends in one of two ways, either the trouble makers are dealt with firm in a biblical manner and they leave for the next church, or after they get the church riled up and then they duck out the door and leave for the next church.
Which, unfortunately, largely applies to much of mainstream Christianity in America. Many today look at some, many or virtually all "non-traditional" families as being equal to (sometimes even better than!) a more traditional, or biblical family. Calling oneself a Christian (or Catholic) is often vastly different from actually accepting and practicing traditional Christian (or Catholic) teaching.
It changes often. Sometimes I receive a weekly digest, at other times I receive new thread notices from certain members, but I never receive the immediate new post notices like I used to. At the moment I'm not receiving the daily digest, but for some reason when certain members start a new thread I receive a notice of that right now. So far, all notices from OB go right into my inbox. None have ever showed up in the spam and I've received no notices of any emails being blocked.
Keeping people ignorant of history, especially while filling their minds with distortions, lies and propaganda, makes them easier to manipulate. American schools once taught the basics rather well because they tended to teach the facts and base all classes on factual information and how to apply it. That was long ago. Schools today have become little more than propaganda mills used to keep the masses ignorant, pump their heads full of lies and socialist-liberal propaganda for a dozen years, and turn them into adults with no understanding of their own history or culture; and often barely even able to read or do simple math. Virtually all colleges in America today have remedial programs students have to attend just to get their basic reading, math and sometimes other skills, up to where they may be able to actually do somewhat college level work. Even then, most are allowed to proceed even if they fail to do well in the remedial courses. Listen to even so-called conservatives today and compared to traditional conservatives they sound just like liberals! At the same time, liberals from the past almost sound conservative compared to today's variety of liberals. In other words, both groups have been moving to the Left and that has left us with precious few traditional conservatives in America and they aren't the ones running the schools or government. America is in the process of assisted suicide and most welcome it without even noticing.
Mexicans are conquering parts of America through mass immigration and high birth rates while Europe is being conquered by Muslims through mass immigration and high birth rates. Western civilization is poised to be only a memory this century unless Western man once again grows a backbone and discovers his saving intestinal fortitude.
My parents, grandparents and some other folks have spoken of having no toilet paper and using newspapers and other such. They all had outhouses back then. A lot of people try to keep enough supplies on hand so if they had to they could survive a week, couple weeks, maybe even a month, if they had to. Weather events of one kind or another have the potential to strike just about anyone so they may be cut off from supplies for a few days, a week, or perhaps even longer in some cases. Having an extra weeks worth of good in the house is prudent as even more "mundane" emergencies like having to help a relative for a few days could mean no shopping for a few days past the normal shopping day. The other things, power outages, road blocking snow storms, wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding and the like also happen across the country all the time and sometimes even when not directly hitting a person, they can effect the transportation of goods to stores for a time. It doesn't cost much to have an extra weeks worth of good in the house, which are typically the normal stuff we use anyway; but it typically costs thousands of dollars to store a year or more of good. In some cases it can cost thousands more to build a secure location for the goods. While I don't expect God to drop manna on our property if some "big one" hits, I do believe He will meet our needs one way or another. Even if God determines it's time for us to depart from this life, the final destination makes that a victory too.
Not to worry, according to another prophecy preacher things are going to get so bad in America there is going to be a mass exodus of people leaving the country. According to this prophecy preacher, America will then cease to exist. Now isn't that comforting!
Amen! Our call is to spread the Gospel, build up others in Christ, teach them to share the Gospel and disciple others. I know of several who have got caught up in this sort of thing. Including an elderly man I would have thought would know better. He even bought a bunch of John Hagee books and started passing them out to everyone. Give a couple hundred dollars to a missionary or use the money to drive to an event or other location to share the Gospel or help disciple new believers, or buy a couple more buckets of dried food? Which may count for eternity and what might be burned in the fire. What will be more important if a doomsday arrives, the state of peoples stomachs or the state of their soul?
I'm seen now even some secular writers are picking up on some of these many end times, doomsday speculations, and writing articles on the "Babylon Code" (ever notice how many books have been written over the years claiming to have discovered a hidden code in Scripture?), Newton's theory, this or that "new revelation" on the book of Daniel, special insights into Revelation, etc. I read a piece the other day saying devastation will hit us (America and perhaps the world!) in September and/or October. Then, to cover themselves they said the bad stuff could just begin in those months and the actual doom hit next year or later. So, time to buy those survival buckets of dried food, cases of bottled water, some first aid supplies and make sure you have a very large stash of toilet paper! For some reason, I don't notice Christian doomsday preppers ever telling folks to make sure they have Bibles in their stockpile.
I saw this story online the other day, but have not seen anything about it since. I've not seen or heard anything on TV or radio. When I saw the story online I wondered if perhaps they hadn't used the Bible to beat him in the head. When the criminals aren't white the media protects them. Like the other day when the black man murdered the two white news people he had once worked with. He even stated he killed them because they were white and he hoped to start a race war. The media quickly turned away from those facts and began trying to make the story about gun violence and the need to restrict guns. And "fair and balanced" Fox News, they chose to drop that part of the story too and instead decided to focus on mental health. That liberal loon and Fox News employee even stated the 2nd Amendment was the stupidest thing in the Constitution and should be abolished. That set the other talking heads with him off into their mantra about mental health. No, nothing to see here, there is no Muslim war against the West and Christianity; there is no war of blacks against whites and police. The real danger is that Hulk Hogan was caught speaking racist comments because someone recorded a private conversation where he used that dreaded "N word" which most all blacks use, most all people of other races who spend much time with or around blacks, most all rap and hip-hop stars use and people of every race sing along with, and most Hollywood actors use or have used in their movies. Yep, it's Hulk Hogan who is the real danger to America and Fox News made sure they covered that story again today so we don't forget just how racist and evil white folks are.