My post regarding the focus of your ministry got some great comments last week. This is the reason I blog about these things – to get my thoughts out there, and see what others are thinking. In this I have learned to disagree with and love the SAME people. I always had a fear of disagreement, and the thought of facing people I disagree with verbally. However, I find great freedom and closeness with those I disagree with. The reason is because we all know we disagree anyway, so let’s get it all on the table.
How far is too far when you talk about the “emerging” church movement? When you bring up the term “emerging” or “emergent” people’s thoughts could go many ways. There is great concern rising up in me lately when it comes to the direction churches are going.
This movement of seeker-sensitivity in many ways is going too far. I believe in being culturally-relevant, but I don’t believe in “dulling down” the Gospel to make a sinner more comfortable in their sin! When a pastor won’t give a straight answer when asked about sin on national tv because he doesn’t want to offend anyone, I believe something is wrong! Jesus was up front with the woman at the well in John 4 when it came to her sin – not to condemn her, but to bring her freedom! When Jesus was asked by Nicodemus what he must do to be saved, he didn’t say to continuously hear the word, and be enlightened to the truth – he told him that he must be born again. Jesus gave hard truth when people asked questions, so what makes us think that we should do any different? Again, He never condemned – He exposed the sin and then showed the sinner how to get right.
When are the people of God going to get some backbone? When are our influential pulpits going to be once again filled with the likes of Johnathan Edwards preaching messages like “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” where the conviction was so strong that people were screaming out because they could literally feel the heat of the flames of hell? Instead, we’re tiptoeing through the tulips while people are bound by their sin and by the deception of the increasingly wicked society.
This has become a world where God is no longer revered. I believe that the United States with her acceptance of all religions, and allowing those religions to have credence (even above the religion this nation was founded on), we are increasingly becoming polytheistic. In light of this, there is another movement called a “gospel of inclusion” essentially meaning that all roads (Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, etc) lead back to God.
So I guess if you listen to the anti-Scriptural soft-sell message that’s being peddled with ticket sales in arenas, and being “talked about” in many prominent pulpits, you can get go to Heaven no matter what you do, or who you worship. Plus you can attend church and learn 10 ways to have a happier or more prosperous life. Come on, really, let Dr Phil handle the self-help stuff – if you’re a man of God, be the prophetic voice you are supposed to be!
So I know I sound a little critical, I really mean to. It’s time for people to wake up and smell the roses. It’s time for people to begin to recognize this as a “form of Godliness, denying the power thereof.” I like to think of it as “doctrines of devils.” What do you call it?