I was looking for an old article of Dr Martin’s. I didn’t find what I was looking for, but came across this article, which you might find relevant and interesting. The article, “Why Churches Fall Apart” can be found in the Doctrinal Archive. It was from an audiotape of Dr Martin’s in 1996 transcribed and edited by David Sielaff December 2008. There is associated with it a Newsletter for December 2008 by David. The article stresses the importance of the Scriptures.
What I was looking for was Dr Martin commenting something like it being when people’s beliefs or confidence in their religious institutions are shaken or challenged by events or traumas in their lives, or in the institutions they are associated with that the may be receptive to new ideas, ways of looking at things. I can’t quite remember what he said and I think it might have been on an old audiotape. As I recall, he was talking about approaching the time when the Gospel would start to become known. Although this is not yet the end-time, the current world troubles may be preparing and reorganising the world psychologically, politically and in many other ways towards that time.
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