I am becoming more and more convinced that there is a tidal wave coming to the American Church. It is doctrinal in nature and unless pastors and church leaders are released from their bondage to the therapeutic concerns of people in their pulpits and teaching, the American Church is going to see tidal-wave-like destruction in the near (next 15 years) future.
We don’t understand the gospel.
Sound crazy. It gets crazier. Evangelicals, the staunch defenders of the Bible, and inerrancy, and substitutionary atonement, and the cross of Christ are abandoning all of these for a mess of theological porridge that Jesus and the Apostles would not recognize. We, we evangelicals, are becoming a very soft-headed, anti-intellectual, culturally correct people who are far more interested in getting along with everyone rather than standing for the “truth once delivered.” (Jude 3)
Brothers and Sisters:
There is no other name under heaven whereby men may be saved (Acts 4:12). Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life and there is no way to the Father that does not pass through him (John 14:6). All men and women, everywhere are commanded to repent and believe in the gospel because there is salvation in no one else. (Mk. 1:15; Mt. 3:2; Lk. 24:47; Acts 20:21)
You live and work among people who are going to spend eternity either with God or without God. The means of their salvation, the only means, is the gospel of Christ. They need what you know. They need the gospel. Again, the means of their salvation is in your head and heart. It needs to be on your lips for the means of their salvation is the preaching of the gospel. (Romans 10:14).
You are about serious work. Take it seriously. Preach the word of the Kingdom. Call men and women to repent and believe.
Don’t flinch from your call.
Do it with grace.
Do it with compassion.
Do it with sensitivity.
Do it with boldness.
Do it for the glory of God and the joy of the nations for there is no hope apart from Christ.