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Seeker Churches and Apostasy

I recently found out that an old friend of mine has fallen away from the faith.  He is a guy who has been committed to the Lord for many years.  He was a Christian long before I was and in fact he tried to evangelize me before I was saved.  When I got saved in 1992, he was one of the men in my life who encouraged me in the faith to persevere and remain faithful to Jesus despite the trials I would face (Acts 14:22).  He took me to my first South Carolina Gamecocks game and though we went with some lost men, he remained resolute to be faithful to Jesus despite their sinning.  He was one of my early heroes of the faith.

But now I hear that he has turned his back on the Lord.  He has left his wife and is living in the world and in sin.

I know that each of us has free will and can turn from following the Lord.  I am not here to debate whether he was saved to begin with.  To me, that is a cheap excuse for apostates, to merely say they were never saved.  I could list his accomplishments for the Lord such as his heart for evangelism, his testimony of being saved out of a corrupt life while attending Ohio State, or his passion for worshiping the Lord but that is not my point.  I am not here to decide where he stood in the midst of his doings for the Lord.  Perhaps he was a false convert.  Perhaps he never truly repented of his sins.  I don’t know.  God knows (2 Timothy 2:19).  I do know this, his life turned toward sin when he begin attending a seeker church about 10 years ago.  After he started attending this seeker church, he was not the same.  His prayer life was gone.  His heart for the lost was gone.  His passion to avoid sin was gone.  He began to listen to old music that he liked before his salvation.  He began to watch movies that he would have never watched before.

I place much of that at the foot of the seeker churches he attended.  He ended up attending three seeker churches during the past 10 years.  The final seeker church was his demise.  I vaguely knew the first two churches because they are “screen” churches where they watched the services of other seeker churches in other places.  Multi-site churches they are called.  The last seeker church he attended was very poor preaching (0r lack thereof) and focused on the hype instead of the gospel.  This church has made headlines a few times in my city by doing “crazy” things such as dropping Easter eggs out of helicopters.

The point is that my friend was not being challenged to holiness, to evangelism, to being a man of God.  He was not being taught the Word of God nor the doctrines of the faith.  He never heard solid expository preaching while attending these seeker churches.  He grew to view the “traditional” church as dead and lacking in regard to meeting the needs of the culture.  Gone were the days of laboring in prayer.  Gone were the days of praise and worship of the King without regard for what the world thought. Gone were the days of seeing people as dead in their sins (Ephesians 2:1-3) or seeing that their eternal destiny was based on the gospel (John 14:6).  Gone were the days of weeping over the souls of people heading for hell (Revelation 20:15).  Gone were the days of confessing sins (1 John 1:9).  My friend sat week after week in a church where hyped up music was the motif.  He sat under “talks” from men in skinny jeans and slick hair but with little passion for the gospel.  He sat and watched people abiding in sin and loving it all while claiming to be a Christian (1 John 3:7).  He never heard rebukes against sin.  He never heard the glory of God as the focus of all that we do.  He never heard the excellence of Jesus.  He heard only hype and watered down messages designed to entertain and not exhort.

And so he fell away.  His heart became cold to the things of God (Hebrews 3:12).  He allowed the world to take over and the wages of sin is always death (Romans 6:23).

My friend is an apostate now.  He needs Jesus.  He is one of those people you’ll encounter in evangelism who either will claim to still be saved despite living in sin (John 8:34) or he will bash the Church.  Either way, he wants nothing to do with the gospel right now.  I do pray the Lord turns his heart away from sin and back to the Savior.  In Jesus alone do we have salvation (John 15:1-11).  I pray that the seeker churches repent.  I pray they see that they are doing much more harm than good.  They are destroying people because they are not seeking to exalt Christ or His kingdom.  They are only building up the flesh and this always corrupts (Galatians 6:7-8).

Pray for my friend to repent (James 5:19-20).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

10/02/2012 at 11:12 AM

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  1. i will pray that your friend repents and once again turns to Jesus as His Lord and Savior because even though i believe there is security ‘In Christ’, there is NO security ‘outside’ of Christ.

    mike and brandy

    10/02/2012 at 11:47 AM

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