Evangelicals: Traitors to the Gospel!
Where Has Godly Wisdom Gone????
The LIE - "Churches" Need To Be More Relevant.
"Theology hath nothing new in it, except that which is false."
Spurgeon was just 24 years old when this sermon was preached to a crowd of several thousand souls; then later conveyed by Trans-Atlantic wire to the New York Times and published for America's consumption. He was ever vigilant of the changing of the times in England, preached vigorously against leaving the Gospel they once had so readily received and was warning America. America was in the early stages of a massive revival that would take missionary work and Bible translating to another level; Spurgeon's words were received with enthusiasm. He used 2 Timothy 1:13 -"Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus." His sermon was based upon the scripture - "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today and forever." If our Lord NEVER changes, why in the world would anyone fall for the LIE, that the message must change to be more relevant? The growing dissatisfaction of so many believers in the "church" system as we now see and hear in place, is because the Truth was been watered down and in many instances has been forsaken completely. As Galations1:6 puts it - "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another Gospel:"
The question is this: are you one that has found comfort in the current "status quo" within your "church" or are you one who believes that there is a shaking going on within the "church" and that God is looking for a FEW good men and women to stand for the Truth in these latter days?
Sadly, those who choose the Truth are going to lose a lot of "friends" but be of good cheer - we have a FRIEND who closer than a brother!
Often The World Seems Wiser Than The Church.
The Lies Keep Coming!
What happened to the Word being preached and taught?
- Sermons today are based upon a topical series rather than using a single scripture, a passage or a verse by verse study within the Word. Do you ever wonder from where many of these "topical" series come? If you think about it for a moment, to come up with a series, some lasting weeks or months, it would necessitate the same amount of work required to publish a well researched book. You know how busy your pastors / teachers must be with the normal duties of their position; counseling, preparing for funerals & weddings, visiting the hospitals and the sick, meetings and programs that must be attended, phone calls at all hours, emergencies that require their immediate attention, finally family and sleep. There is no time for the "modern" pastor to develop an amazingly intricate series on any subject, let alone to study the Word. Also consider the lay teacher that owes the majority of their week to an employer.
- The answer comes in the form of "books" on a particular subject. It is easy to adapt your preaching or teaching style to the main points being addressed, knowing your listeners and keeping it strictly "relevant" to the core objectives of one's perceived ministry. Too many times I have seen a book foisted upon the whole "church" as a must read and the Bible teachers asked (akin to required) to make the book the basis of their teaching. The last time I was asked, I out and out refused before I even read the book. I did read the book on my own but could not finish it because it was borderline heresy. What has happened to discernment? Ah...discernment is not a strict requirement any longer but the end justifies the means.
- Pastor's have abandoned their commission from God for the Church. Per Ephesians 4, they are to be about "..perfecting (building up, training, education) of the Saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ." The churches have become weak and lazy because the work is NOT being done by the Saints but by "professional holy men" who strive to keep their parishioners happy by giving them menial chores. Most teachers within our churches today, teach from some preconceived lesson plan or leadership dictated materials. The gift of teaching by and large has been purged from our fellowships today; replaced by discussion groups centered around the pastoral message or preordained topics. Those with the gift of teaching suffer greater scrutiny for the "professionals" who espouse heavy denominational theology feel threatened
What Is Wrong With Being An Evangelical?
Crowds Flock To Be Apart Of Something Big.
What Has Evangelicalism Wrought?
Food for thought:
- Seminaries which ignore 1 Timothy 4:6 "Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil." What do we do with a young man that shows promise within our ranks? We hustle them off to bible college and immediately on to our "sacred" seminaries. Here, the ivory tower elite, train them not how study to show themselves approved but to believe as their "professors" believe. They are taught to be the all-in-all for the work of the ministry and that the laity cannot be trusted with the Gospel aside from their directing influence. The first of many lies to come.
- Church size as it regards attendance is of great importance, for the trained professionals deserve a good income...so that they can be free of the cares of the world to carry on the work successfully.
- To reach more people, for it is assumed that the laity cannot effectively reach the lost, make the services extremely user friendly. Up to date music (content not required), coffee bars, relaxed atmosphere, non-judgmental preaching, children's programs and the bigger the youth program the better.
- Invite the world into your midst for only the "professional" can efficiently present the new easy believism Gospel. Sin, hell, judgment and repentance are passe, whereas come as you are and find a friend in Jesus. Walk the aisle, say the magic words, get baptized, become a faithful tither and all your troubles and fears will be washed away.
- Once a member joins, keep them entertained and busy with pseudo-Gospel works, such as kitchen work, ushers, grounds keepers, coffee bar attendants, greeters, kids and youth camp workers and the like. Next Sunday, the pastor is off to bigger and better works.
- In far too many churches today, the adult members now take a back seat to the emphasis on the youth ministry. The senior adults are shelved and retreat to a separate "seniors only" fellowship, which sadly they seem to enjoy to a great extent; they know they do not fit in anymore. Invite the city youth to come to special youth events and let the world shape your children. Their music, their dress, their language, and their lack of sexual restraint. Balaam would be proud of the churches giving in to the world's agenda. Many years ago, I heard J. Vernon McGee say, "...during the first 30 years of his ministry, he knew of almost no pastor that had succumbed to sexual immorality, yet within the recent past he knew of around ten or so failures." Now this was more that 20 years ago but it seems that is almost a weekly occurrence these days.
- Churches are getting bigger, louder, more rowdy, yet the Gospel seems to have no effect in our communities or within our families. Evangelicalism apart from the simplicity of the Gospel has led probably millions into the illusion that they are truly saved and when judgment does come, "...many will say Lord, Lord...I never knew you, depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
- Evangelicals need numbers to feed their "self-esteem" and their income. Whatever it takes to reach their personal goals, justifies their message and their method. I wonder how many that call themselves pastor or reverend, need to hear the saving Gospel for the first time. Unwittingly they have played into the hand of the devil and knowing that our God is absolutely sovereign, we have to trust our Savior that it is His plan to separate the "sheep from the goats".
Hebrews 13:9 - A Verse To Be Avoided By Those Who Seek Relevancy.
The Rock of Gibraltar - Symbol of Permanence!
Foolish People - We Have Been Warned!
Every one seems to be acquainted with verse 8 - "Jesus Christ the same...", but isn't interesting that the following verse is a WARNING because it is the antithesis of believing that our Lord is immutable, He never changes. We need to ask ourselves a few "relevant" questions.
- If you are a believer, how has Jesus changed since the first day you came to know Him as Savior? If we are honest, we know that is we that has changed, not Him. When I first became a Christian, Jesus and I were tight, really good buds you might say. But as I grew in the knowledge and wisdom of God, I realized more and more that I was not on His level and that the disparity between myself, a redeemed sinner and the Holy God Almighty was a gulf that only He could span. He is God and I am NOT. I am growing in Christ, but I will never come within a million miles of perfection this side of heaven.
- When did it ever become necessary to change the message and its presentation to be relevant to anybody? Are we more enlightened today? Are the lost more difficult to reach today? When did the youth become the more important target audience for the "churches" mission to the world? What model did the Word set apart that we should follow and leave the SIMPLICITY of the Gospel? Do you think the Bible's definition of the Gospel too simple: Jesus died, He was buried and He arose from grave? Would the preaching of Paul, Peter, Bunyan, Calvin, and Spurgeon be of no effect in these days? Has the Holy Spirit become secondary and the preaching of our new modern methods and/or programs become primary to the mission of the church?
- Lastly, do you believe that the American church is at the vanguard of the Gospel in these last days? If anyone should believe this to be the truth, they have bought the lie: hook, line and sinker.
We as believers must never settle for the status quo, but prayerfully seek godly fellowship where Jesus and His Gospel reign supreme.