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One Pragmatic Church Quote I Agree With

“What you win them with is what you win them to.”

This is absolutely true.  So pragmatic church, bear in mind that when you seek to win the people in your community with goofy skits, sermons on movies and television programs that people should not watch anyway, moralistic sermon series’ designed to take people to a new level, rock concerts full of smoke and lights that you call your “worship service,” and other pragmatic schemes of men that you devise to “win” the crowds, that is what you win them to.

But I ask, “Where is Jesus in all this?”  Where is the Bible being preached, proclaimed, and exegeted before the people?  Where is the call to holiness, to repentance, to self-sacrifice in an age of narcism?  Where is the glory of God being manifested?  Where is the labor in prayer, in evangelism (and by that I don’t mean inviting people to your seeker church so that they can get comfortable with God but I am talking about true evangelism where the gospel is proclaimed and people are called to repent)?  Where is the weeping for the lost?  Where is the passion for the gospel to be preached, obeyed, lived, taught, and preached in the world?

Where are the elders in the church of God who will be serious about Christ?  Where are the elders who can faithfully fulfill 1 Timothy 3:1-7?  Where are the elders who obey 1 Peter 5:1-5?  Where are the elders who obey Hebrews 13:7, 17?  Oh God, give us men of God!

What you are winning people to is not the Word of God.  It is not to the Lordship of Christ.  It is not to the glory of God.  It is not to the exaltation of the gospel.  It is pure pragmatism and it is producing countless false converts who do not begin to know the truth of the Word of God nor of God’s salvation in His beloved Son (Matthew 7:21-23; Titus 1:16; 2 John 8-9).

I urge you my seeker, pragmatic lead pastor of such and such community church: repent and cry out to this generation that they must repent or they will face the holy wrath of God (John 3:36; Hebrews 12:29). Rise up and shake off the chains of religion, of man-made traditions that rob God of His glory (Mark 7:1-13).  Rise up and get on your face and cry out to God for Him to be glorified in you even if He takes away all your fame and fortune you have accumulated from your seeker church.  Rise up and pray like never before, like your Master whom you say you love and adore (Luke 11:1).  Rise up and be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16).  Rise up and preach the Word of God verse by verse, line upon line (2 Timothy 4:1-6).  Warn this generation of the coming judgment of God (Hebrews 9:27-28) and warn them that their only hope is not found in this world nor in chasing the flesh but in Jesus Christ alone (1 Timothy 2:1-6).

May God be glorified in His holy Church (Ephesians 3:20-21).

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

05/12/2014 at 11:00 AM

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