What would happen if you went into your local Carvel, Baskin Robbins, or Dairy Queen and were told that they no longer serve ice cream?
What would happen if you went to your local quickie lube-change location and they advised you that they no longer do oil changes.
What if you went to your local library and the librarian informed you that they no longer lend out books?
Would you not likely wonder why these places remain open if their main staple and reason for existence is no longer offered?
Well, would you believe me if I told you that this is exactly what’s happening in some Western churches? Although these churches left their primary purpose for existence (to glorify God) long ago, they are now ceasing to provide their other main purpose for existence: The preaching of the Gospel.
Welcome to the new age of pseudo-Christianity in which the “church” is no longer in the business of preaching the Gospel or converting souls!
Don’t believe it’s possible? Think it would be like Starbucks refusing to sell coffee? Well, check out the following three examples.
At St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church in California, their page on What is Our Mission? boldly declares:
Our emphasis is not on converting souls to Jesus so that individuals will be rescued from hell. Our emphasis is on partnership with Jesus Christ, and our challenge as followers of Jesus is to live our lives his way—believing in what he believed in, loving what he loved, opposing what he opposed.
This is what you get when a heretical, apostate, liberal church is too busy caring for the environment and boasting about being “an inclusive community with open arms and open minds” (code for we ignore God’s clear teachings against homosexuality), instead of following the commands of Jesus and seeking the salvation of men. Hmmm, kind of reminds me of Romans 1:18-32.
At a Calvary Chapel in Nevada, their “motorcycle ministry” has a page with the following:
Are You thinking? “Hey I like to ride [motorcycles] but that Jesus stuff is not for me”. No worries, we offer a safe group riding environment free of alcohol and drugs. We promise not to “preach” to you but please know if you need prayer we can pray with you and if you have any questions we will gladly answer them.
That “Jesus stuff“??? We expect the world to speak in such a flippant manner about the sacred and holy things of God, but a church? Seriously, is this any way for a church to be speaking about our Lord and Savior? Could a truly regenerated believer refer to their Savior and the one true Faith with such disrespect? And bear in mind that this is coming from an extension of Calvary Chapel that’s identified as a “ministry.”
Sadly, it doesn’t surprise me the least bit that a “church ministry” that refers to the precious Lamb that was slain (and His Bride) as “that Jesus Stuff” would then have to post the following disclaimer for participants in their church “motorcycle ministry” rides:
* Requirements to join us in an open ride: Maintain Current motorcycle endorsement (not permit), registration and insurance as required by law. PLEASE NO ALCOHOL OR DRUGS. Thank You!
Shouldn’t no alcohol and drugs be a foregone conclusion for a “church ministry”? I wonder if Chuck Smith knows about this.
***** UPDATE *****
Since the publishing of this post, Calvary Chapel has changed their candid “Jesus stuff” remark so as to not be so revealing. But being unequally yoked for the sake of hanging out to ride bikes together is apparently still acceptable.
According to The Christian Post, the recent Episcopal gathering in Baltimore, Maryland for the Everyone, Everywhere World Mission Conference had the following startling revelation on evangelism:
On day two of the conference, the Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler, an Episcopal missionary and author, spoke about working with Muslims. He urged participants to “bridge this chasm of misunderstanding” between Christianity and Islam by not focusing on converting the Muslim, but rather to form an interfaith friendship that explores the commonality between the two faiths.
Chandler said Muslims who are pressured into converting to Christianity suffer what he calls a “total break with society.” He gave as example real stories of Christian converts from Islam in Senegal who were exiled from their community when they followed Christ.
“They ended up getting Jesus, but the rest of their life was hell,” said Chandler, who had lived in Senegal with his parents who were Christian missionaries.
The Episcopal missionary recommended Christians to use the Five Pillars of Islam to introduce the common religious heritage between Christianity and Islam when approaching Muslims. The central common factor is that Jesus was a Middle Eastern man whom Islam reveres.
So what you’re saying “Reverend” Chandler is that the best way to love a Muslim is to let him die in his sins and burn in Hell forever? Wow, what a noble thing to do.
Well, from the PCUSA, I’d expect as much – they’re pretty much good for nothing, Gospel-wise. As for Calvary Chapel, I was mildly surprised since they place such a premium on teaching the Bible, and as for the Anglicans, they’re as good as split in two.
All this, IMHO, points us to the soon return of Jesus Christ – Matthew 24:3, Acts 20:28, 2 Tim 3:5-8, 4:1-4 – and to the reality that we needs be about our Father’s business.
Or perhaps it would be more disconcerting to read in the Bible that we should “love our neighbor” and walk into a church that preaches condemnation, segregation and superiorty at the expense of others. Perhaps one of my contemporary theologians, Brad Ploeger, has said it best: “It’s always nice to know people that believe praising their creator requires destroying others – human sacrifice in the modern era.”
And speaking for fellow Anglicans, we have not split yet. And those that are actually calling for a permanent divide are those that are refusing to enter into conversation in the first place because they are making a grab for power not because they are seeking sound theology. I hardly think Jesus would stand to the side if he saw to brothers fighting and think so pridefully to himself, “At least that’s not me.”
Br. Kenneth… “conversation” is Emergent nonsense. Some things do not require “converstaion.” John 14:6 for example. In regards to the brother who was exiled for his belief in Christ see John 15:18-17. (If you are one of those Red Letter folks, those are Red Letters!) Also, please remember that in the whole “love thy neighbor” verse that is SECONDARY. Matthew 22:34-40 gives the full context as to the PRIMARY command. Oh! And you cannot have it both ways either: 1 John 2:15-17.
Preaching and teaching, from a Biblical perspective, involves declaration not conversation. If your pastor isn’t declaring the whole counsel, but wants to waste his time conversing with you, pack your Bible and get out of there, because you are wasting your time there!
Or perhaps it would be more disconcerting to read in the Bible that we should “love our neighbor”…
And those in the Episcopal church that are dragging it away from the truth of Scripture are “loving their neighbor” right into Hell.
What was the first thing Jesus preached? “REPENT!!”