It seems that hardly a week passes that you don’t read about a local church or an entire denomination announcing changes that you know would never have been acceptable just a few years ago. Their decision appears to occur very suddenly only because we’re reading about it for the first time; in reality, it’s been coming for a long, long time. Essentially it’s the long-term result of no longer listening to God’s Word and thus having become resistant to allowing it to change their heart, to rule their life. This process results in what was once called “worship” becoming just plain old “religion”. And once “religion” sets in, people don’t want to operate according to God’s Word and rules but their own. They become obedient to rituals and schedules and notions that are not biblically based, but flesh-based. They lack true, biblical obedience.