The Bible’s Mic Drop

We are living in an age when the gospel is more offensive than ever! As the world grows darker and darker in sin and rebellion against God, the forces of evil are turning cultural values upside down. What was once considered offensive is now encouraged. What was once elevated and emulated is now considered outdated, repressive and despicable.

So, in their attempts to reach those who have left the faith due to their new found, “enlightenment,” and subsequent disillusionment  with all things, “churchy,” or, “preachy,” many churches and denominations have sought to  lessen the offensiveness of the gospel message. Whether it is by trying to seem more accepting of worldly customs and behaviors, or by refusing to adhere to Biblical morality altogether, it seems the American Church just keeps watering down the Bible to suit the ever degenerating demands of society.

In our rush to make the Church seem, “more relevant to our culture,” I am afraid we have forgotten something: we aren’t here to glorify or mollify our culture; we are here to praise and glorify our Lord Jesus! The Bible makes it clear that God didn’t choose a plan of salvation that would be desirable or even mildly acceptable to the wisdom of the world.  

To the contrary, 1 Corinthians 1: 18 says: “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.” Verse 21 continues by saying: “For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.”

When are we ever going to get past thinking ourselves wise enough to know better than the Lord how to reach people for His Kingdom purposes? When are we ever going to quit trying to focus on what should be attractive to those who are lost and refocus our attention on Him? When are we going to quit trying to determine for ourselves how to reach out to the unsaved world? Why are we always trying to make ourselves, our messages and our churches attractive to people, instead of simply telling the truth?

People without Christ are lost and doomed to an eternity in the torments of hell. There is nothing we can do to redeem ourselves, because we have all sinned and fallen short of the glorious perfection of God’s holiness and righteousness. Period. End of story. (Mic drop)…..

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” – Ephesians 2:4-7, NKJV.

Our lives are not to be wasted trying to, “make ourselves appear more relevant.” Our time is not to be spent trying to, “make our churches appear more attractive.” Our resources are not to be squandered trying to, “make the message appear more acceptable.”

Our purpose in life is merely to advance His cause. We do that by declaring His praise and proclaiming His grace and how He has shown His love for us by sending His own Son to die in our place as the only, acceptable sacrifice for our sins.

See: it’s not about us; it’s about Him! See you on Sunday?

“For Jew request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and wisdom of God.”

                                                                                                                                                1 Corinthians 1:22-24, NKJV

Blessings & Peace,

Brother Dan