Saturday, September 29, 2007

(from Symphony of Scripture)

“When a sinner wanders into the church and sits through skits, mimes, interpretive dances, and the like, and yet never hears a clear, convicting message about his dangerous and tenuous spiritual situation– that he is a depraved sinner headed for an eternal fire because he is a daily offense to a holy God– how can that be called successful? You could achieve the same level of success by sending a cancer patient to receive treatment from a group of children playing doctor. A sinner must understand the imminent danger he is in if he is ever to look to the Savior. What’s worse is when seeker-focused churches baptize the masses with their watered-down gospel, assuring them that positive decisions, feelings, or affirmations about Christ equal genuine conversion. There are now multitudes who are not authentic Christians identifying with the church. As you set your strategy for church ministry, you dare not overlook the primary means of church growth: the straightforward, Christ-centered proclamation of the unadulterated Word of God.”
-John MacArthur

2 comments:

Big Al said...

"A sinner must understand the imminent danger he is in if he is ever to look to the Savior."

Dead men are wholly incapable of "understanding the imminent danger" they are in, or looking to The Savior. These come after the new birth.

Philip@ReformedVoices said...

Does the new birth occur apart from the hearing of the Gospel and the understanding of man's depravity or through hearing it?