Monday, May 11, 2009

The Demise of the Church

The following is an excerpt from a great post by Billy Birch entitled, "The Demise of the Church: The Church's Love Affair with Modernity":

"The apostle Paul wrote: "I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some" (1 Cor. 9:22 NASB, emphasis added). Many modern Christians have taken this for support of their particular manner in presenting the gospel, even when the means either appear as ethically suspect or are clearly unbiblical or immoral. But was Paul trying to convey the idea that Christians, in an effort to reach people for Jesus Christ, should use whatever means imaginable to capture the sinner's attention?

Paul also admitted, "I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it" (1 Cor. 9:23 NASB). His motive was rooted in the gospel, not shock value. And since his motive was grounded in the gospel itself, the means he used had to correlate with the holiness of the gospel. The following syllogism will suffice:

1. The gospel is holy.                                                                                                                                                            2. Christians use means in proclaiming the gospel.                                                                                                    3. The means Christians use in proclaiming the gospel must be holy..."

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