Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Are We to Cater to the Lost?

In his book, Why One Way, John MacArthur asks the following question: "Why do evangelicals try so desperately to court the world’s favor? Churches plan their worship services to cater to the "unchurched. " Christian performers ape every worldly fad in music and entertainment. Preachers are terrified that the offense of the gospel might turn someone against them; so they desperately omit parts of the message the world might not like" (p.1). If Jesus is going to build His church, it will not happen by omitting parts of His Gospel that are offensive. Nor will it happen if His people cater to the unchurched. The Gospel is not addition to one’s life. It is, as Jesus said to "deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me" (Mat.16:24). It is losing your life for His sake and finding it (See Mat.16:25) or giving your life in exchange for His (See Mat.16:26). The Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 1:18 that our message would be perceived as "foolishness. " He said, "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. " If this is true, then how can we, as representatives of Jesus Christ, soften or omit parts of His message? Our efforts to reach the lost must never include catering to them.

1 comment:

Gracebyfaith said...

It's the sad, but true part of alot of peoles lives. They just won't stand up for God. They talk about God when they are around Godly people, but when around the ungodly they won't even say the names of Jesus. It's like they really play to the culture, and they think it's going to save them by making up a new Jesus. I been called narrow minded alot of times, because I don't compromise the truth, and I don't see what's wrong with the truth. How you can talk about one part of the Gospel and make the other side look unimportant. I don't think these people love God, I think they are ashamed of him, and in the end he will be ashamed of them.