But how do you think this doctrine of Balaam applies to us today?
I would say that universalism which is a philosophy growing rapidly today,via political correctness, and the effort to replace actual fact with subjective truth and morality. The world is adopting these ideas and Christians are being influenced by them.Just look at the statistics for divorce among professed Christians and secular marraiges. The Church is beginngin to become part of the universal, tolerant society that the secular world wants so badly to embrace. Another example would be the ordination of practicing homosexuals into the ministry. The Docterine of Balaam is alive and well, and thriving. The awesome reality is nothing happening today is news to God, nor should it be news to Christians, because we were warned to look for it can find 2 sentances that sum up all we see around these days in 2 Timothy 4:3 -4" 3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;4And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables"
I have realized, that being a Christian in a fallen world, is like playing in a football game against a team that has already been disqualified. We're just running plays against each other until the final whistle blows. Our gameplan is to make sure that none of our teammates get injured and put out, and to win as many players from the other team as we can. But the score has already been posted, and the W is on our side, the visiting side! Rah! Rah! Sis Boom GOD!(Okay,that was cheesy