Friday, October 19, 2007

A Fearful Obligation

"We who have received the Gospel, have a fearful obligation to deliver it. The obligation is not only to God, but also to our own generation and the generations to come. Although the Gospel can be corrupted in an instant, it may take the Church years, even centuries to recover it. If Church history teaches us anything, it teaches us that though heretical movements abound, there are few genuine reformations. There is something worse than holding our silence while the lost world runs headlong into hell. It is the crime of preaching to them a watered down, culturally carved, truncated Gospel that allows them to hold to a form of godliness, while denying its power, to profess to know God, while denying Him with their deeds, and to call Jesus 'Lord, Lord', while not doing the Father's will. Woe to us if we preach not the Gospel, but even greater woe if we do so incorrectly!"
-Paul Washer

3 comments:

Mark said...

My family recently relocated to another part of the U.S. which meant we had to find a new church. After a week in town I met an acquaintance friend from a few years ago and he invited my family to his church. The church was very 'seeker friendly'. They served specialty coffee in the lobby and ensured that everyones creature comforts were addressed. You could bring coffee inside the sanctuary, if you wanted. Don't misunderstand me, it's not that I don't enjoy comfort or convenience - I do. But I/we (my bride felt the same way) felt convicted that the covert method in which the church presented and taught the gospel was wrong. Sure there was plenty of pizzazz to draw people in but not much offered in terms of teaching and instructions for maturing believers. Father's Day was celebrated with a classic car show in the parking lot. What do classic cars have to do with Christ dying on a cross at Calvary?

As hard as it was to leave the church, and the friends we made, we did. A few folks acted as if we were no longer part of the 'club'. Strange, I never viewed my Christian walk that way. This only confirmed our decision. God does not care which building I worship in Sunday mornings. He's interested in my heart and if I have accepted Jesus' atoning sacrifice on the cross as payment for all the sins I have committed and all the sins I will commit in the future. Of course, if I have accepted Christ then there will be evidence (fruit) of the transformation.

Paul Washer - Thanks for your ministry and heart for Jesus. Thank you for presenting the truth of the gospel. Many, many people check the church box Sunday mornings and believe they are fine since they have never killed anyone and, in their own eyes, are good people. Thanks for exposing satan's deceptive tactic which allows us to compare our lives against others who are, in our eyes, worse off thus justifying our position as "good". I pray God grants you good health to continue to challenge people to believe in the one true God - and accept the sacrifice of his Holy and blameless son, Jesus Christ.

behzadv said...

Praise the Lord ... I feel like this is a description of many/most churches across the United States? At least I have had a difficult time in my short time as a Christian - I have spent most of my time at a local church much like the one Mark describes above, we have nice coffee and fruit and bagels and watered-down teaching. I call it "Diet Church" ... calorie-free, seeker friendly ... not meaty by any means. Sermons remind me of Christian advice columns on how to live your life with Bible Verses injected in between, instead of truthful, Christ-Centered, Cross-Saturated Gospel.

I am strongly considering discussing my thoughts and concerns with church leaders, although others have in the past, and perhaps considering leaving that church as well. Satan is quite deceptive and subtle, and we need to hold fast and hard onto the Word of God in this time of watered-down Gospel.

Big Al said...

"There is something worse than holding our silence while the lost world runs headlong into hell. It is the crime of preaching to them a watered down, culturally carved, truncated Gospel that allows them to hold to a form of godliness, while denying its power, to profess to know God, while denying Him with their deeds, and to call Jesus 'Lord, Lord', while not doing the Father's will. Woe to us if we preach not the Gospel, but even greater woe if we do so incorrectly!"

Nothing takes God by surprise. His soverign plan will be worked out (perfectly)in the earth regardless of who does or does not preach an incorrect (false) gospel. The Lord knows his own. Nothing can separate them from His love.