In the 1 Corinthians 3:17 context, this sober warning is God’s covenant promise issued toward those responsible for building the church upon the historic gospel foundation laid by the Apostle Paul. The meaning of the warning is understood by credible scholars:
>Barnes Notes: “If any man by his doctrines or precepts shall pursue such a course as tends to destroy the church, God shall severely punish him.
>Clarke’s Commentary:”If any man injure, corrupt, or destroy the Church of God by false doctrine, God will destroy him..”
>Jaimeson-Fausset-Brown:”the destroyers…assail the foundation with false teaching, and so subvert the temple itself, and shall therefore be destroyed.”
Not only are churches like Robert Schuller’s Crystal Cathedral experiencing the fulfillment of the words of Jesus through the Apostle Paul, but entire apostate denominations are coming under the sway of this righteous promise of God. Long having rejected the historic gospel and the authority of inscripturated revelation for nominal or cultural “christians”. These ministers and their denominations now flagrantly affirm homosexuality, lesbianism, and same-sex marriage.
The consequences of God’s righteous judgment is now coming to full fruition. To which I heartily sing the words written by John the Revelator regarding the Song of Moses and the Lamb, “Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the ages.”
For at the same time, attendance for “Word based-Christ centered-Gospel oriented” churches is on the rise.
“An October poll from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life drew attention to the rise of the religiously unaffiliated—now 1 out of 5 adults and 1 out of 3 adults under 30. Because the survey also found a precipitous fall in Protestant affiliation—the first time it’s ever dropped below 50 percent—it looks like bad news. But the decline is almost entirely among people who had identified as Christians culturally. Even among 18- to 29-year-olds, evangelical identity and church attendance are up, according to the General Social Survey.”