There is a meme of collapse within the west. The sisterhood are seen as powerful, invasive, and destructive. They are now causing havoc within the church. But a branch or three of the church will remain faithful. It has always been like this.
12Ephraim has surrounded me with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit; but Judah still walks with God, and is faithful to the Holy One. 1Ephraim herds the wind, and pursues the east wind all day long; they multiply falsehood and violence; they make a treaty with Assyria, and oil is carried to Egypt.
In this time, much of the church acts as if alive when dead, but the rule for survival was coined by Spengler: the trick is not to be in a zombie church.
So what is the test that the church is alive? That you are worshiping in a branch of the universal kirk, which will be presented to Christ as his Bride, having been purified and restored? Paul can help us here.
12Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.
14Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. 16Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
The word of God, as written down, within the scriptures, must be plumb-line and rule. It is there to reveal to us our faults, seen and hidden, and to draw us to him. This is not merely an individual thing (though it is: there is a reason the lectionary exists and all liturgies read extensively from scripture) it is there to keep the church from falling into error, for we are clever enough to invent heresies, but not wise enough to discern them.
This is balanced by prayer. We are encouraged, individually and as congregations, to approach God with boldness, so we may receive his mercy.
And help. For this is a time of need.