Relevance and the Gospel

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Writing about the fallen state of the visible church is not my favorite subject, but I was confronted with something this last weekend that I must address. How long has it been since you have heard the good news of the Kingdom of God preached in a church? How long has it been since Jesus was so presented to you in a sermon that all you wanted to do was get alone with Him and press ever deeper into His presence? Do we even know what our high calling IN Jesus Christ is, “In HIM we live and move and have our being”?

How far will we take, “being all things to all men” in the name of “relevance”? I went to visit a brother and his family in a near by state over the weekend and he invited me to “go to church” with them in a nearby large town in the area. It was called “Skull Church.” I kid you not! The “pastor” (a young guy of less than 30 years) wasn’t even in the building but telecasting his sermon live from another location to the satellite churches he had started (so much for a close pastoral touch or home visit… and they call them “shepherds”?).They had a very loud rock band that did the “worship” and the place was painted in dark colors and in the dark during the “worship” and the “sermon.” All this was to attract the youth and appeal to them and their feddish for loud rock music and wearing white skulls on their black clothes and on the back of their vehicles. And get this, the sermon was about Satan. As Satan continues his onslaught on the world and our youth are turning wholesale to homosexuality and start wearing falex symbols on their clothes will the churches follow suit that they might be relative? How far must the testimony of Christ be drug through the dirt in the name of reaching those in the dark?

I finally got up and left after about half way through “the sermon” and felt totally drained. How much lower will churches go under the guise of being “more relative” to the world in its fallen state? Whatever happened to being relative to the kingdom of heaven and giving the lost a choice between the devil’s kingdom of darkness in this world and God’s kingdom that is illuminated by His light? Did Jesus sleep with the halots and collect taxes for the publicans so they could relate to Him? Did He help Annis with his bazar and money changing tables in the temple that He might be more “relevant” to the religious Jews? Not hardly!

Of the apostate church of the last days we are warned:

And he called out with a mighty voice, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! It has become a dwelling place of demons, a haunt of every foul spirit, a haunt of every foul and hateful bird; for all nations have drunk the wine of her impure passion, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown rich with the wealth of her wantonness.” Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.
(Revelation 18:2-5 RSVA)

Jesus said,

“I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12 KJ2000)

He was a shinning Light in a dark world and was in the world but not OF the world and the true body of Christ is called to carry on in that same Light until He returns, not hide that light under a bushel.

Frankly, I think the salt has lost its savor and that Jesus has left the building and it is time for us to do the same.

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5 comments on “Relevance and the Gospel

  1. Gaby says:

    Again, the institutionally run “organised church” is NOT Christ`s church [ecclesia]…..if His people would finally catch on at that and listen to their inner small voice to get out of it as fast as possible. I cannot believe God never “approached” them in one way or another to do just that: Get out!
    And I also have a hard time with the reasoning: God has placed me there. That would collide with His own words of coming out.
    I rather can see it as a excuse to stay in a cosy and familiar place then rather stepping out into the “wilderness.
    Gaby.

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  2. Gaby, I agree that the church that Jesus established is not an institution, but an organism of body members that “live and move and have their beings” in Him. The more I meditate on this fact and see all the verses in the New Testament that speak of those who believe as dwelling totally IN Him with Him as their life, righteousness, sanctification, strength, and total sufficiency, the more I see that the organizations of men only take away from that and are of the world system and its way of doing things.

    Thanks for your input,
    Michael

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  3. Mark says:

    If a group of unregenerate people follow the Bible you end up with all this insanity. Becoming all things to all men does not mean to become like the World, but if you are flesh driven this would appeal to you. I have come to the conclusion that most church people have never heard His voice and the few who have and walked away from Him to chase after the world. When I meet a church person all they want to talk about is “church” or “pastor”, neither of which died on the cross for me. The Father has obviously called His remnant out of the beast called church and I’m just waiting to see why?

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    • michaeldc110 says:

      Thanks for your comment, Mark. Your assessment of the situation in the “church world” is about the same as mine. I find that hanging around outside of a church after the “service” and their religious obligations have been fulfilled… it is very revealing as you to listen to their conversations. Most only want to talk about the things of the world that appeal to their flesh and Christ rarely comes to mind. But like you have said, they love to talk about “church” and the pastor. The first question you hear from one of them when introduced is, “Where do YOU go to church?” or “Which church to YOU belong to?” To this I reply, “Excuse me, but according to Jesus there is only ONE church and HE is its only Head.” They still don’t get it. But like Jesus said, “They are blind guides leading the blind, leave them alone and let them fall in the ditch.” For most, falling into an effluent filled ditch is needed to see the REAL folly of following mere men regardless of their pious titles.

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  4. vic. says:

    Hell Michael.
    I wonder why you persist with churchianity and human governments.
    God at creation gave no man power to rule over another.
    We are being taught to come our of this world and it’s churches and institutions and human governments.
    We are called to be kings and priests of our very own kingdom. Rev 1:6 and 5:10.
    When Christ was asked about sending Lazarus back to preach the Gospel to the brother Iscraelites- He stated they would not believe.
    Christ said we were to go to the lost sheep not to the Jews or organized ‘christiannity”. They will be believe and bear fruit.

    Vic.

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