Friday, March 27, 2009

The Effects of Cultural Christianity

If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. ~ 1 John 1: 6

Susan Yenser was raised in a Christian home. She "said the prayer" at a young age and went through all the motions of a typical Christian. Watch this humbling video and listen to her explain what happens when the Gospel is watered-down...

Christianity is not about perfection. It's about the direction we're moving in life.
It's about transformation and sanctification..."And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect." ~ Romans 12: 2

The walk on the narrow way (Matt.7:13-14) begins with a broken and contrite heart softened by the Holy Spirit through the hearing of the Gospel. The journey starts at repentance & faith in Christ. It's more than just asking God to forgive you of your sins. There must be a repentant heart; a turning from sin; dying to self and trusting alone in Christ to save you. There is a cost...(Luke 14: 27-33)

I now rejoice, not that you were made sorrowful, but that you were made sorrowful to the point of repentance; for you were made sorrowful according to the will of God, so that you might not suffer loss in anything through us. For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.~ 2 Corinthians 7: 9-10

Is your hunger for the Word and righteousness or more of the world? Are you becoming more sensitive to your sin? Do you struggle with it or do you make excuses for it? (Romans 7: 7-25). Are you growing in holiness? Are you concerned for the lost and doing anything about it?

Ashamed of the Gospel: When the Church Becomes Like the World
"Traditional methodology - most noticeably preaching - is being discarded or downplayed in favor of newer means, such as drama, dance, comedy, variety, side-show histrionics, pop-psychology, and other entertainment forms... In the past half-decade, some of America's largest evangelical churches have employed worldly gimmicks like slapstick, vaudeville, wrestling exhibitions and even mock striptease to spice up their Sunday meetings. No brand of horseplay, it seems, is too outrageous to be brought into the sanctuary. Burlesque is fast becoming the liturgy of the pragmatic church."
~ John MacArthur

Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? ~ 2 Corinthians 13: 5

Only through the grace of God are we called to repentance and faith in Christ.

Salvation is not a choice we make; It's a response to the Gospel call.



Ken Collins said...

For the unchurched, there are reasons for the "entertainment" factor that is seen in some of today's church. Simply to draw them in the door. The problem then becomes more complex. If they're drawn to the entertainment side of the service, then what happens to them when they're confronted with the truth of God's Word? Will they cease to be entertained? Will they simply quit listening? Worse still, will they hear a message that is consistent with the Bible, yet SEE a different message on display in His house? All of us have lost sight (at least from time to time) of His Holiness and the reason for gathering together in the first place. To worship Him. That is all. Not what we (I) can get out of it. Solely to worship God.