Could Jesus preach for “your” church?
Is “your” church, “His” church?
Today’s article will be intended to fill in an oversight in my preaching and teaching. Over the last few years I have found myself reacting to some of the ever changing attitudes of the society in which I live.
I have come to believe that the “feel good” religion now sweeping our churches in the name of Christianity is to the church what drug addiction is to society at large. Once these churches are infected, they rapidly become addicted. I.E. filled with a very shallow people wanting ever more dramatic events to make us “feel” fulfilled. Once addicted, hype replaces substance. Sounds like somewhat of a reversed substance abuse? Churches abuse their members from a lack of substance. Drug addicts abuse their bodies by the invasion of harmful substance. These churches are always looking for the innovative method of church growth. “Children’s church” replaces training your children to worship and respect their creator. As the youth move into teenage, entertainment replaces serious Bible study and effective spiritual growth. In other words, the original call of the gospel is often replaced with an offer of entertainment or treats.
Most of the religious leaders involved in these changes know that what they are presenting is different than what Jesus presented. Their justification (once called on the issue) will remind you of all the “medical”marijuana arguments raging in the secular world. The bottom line is really the same.