The Transformed Life in a Complacent Age
I want to read you something that I ran across that came out of Dallas, Texas. There was a church in Dallas that had adopted the seeker-friendly approach, so to speak. Accommodating the church to whatever the People out in the world wanted. So, it gave some Promises. This was a mail-out that went out into the city of Dallas.
They made some promises to the folks who would come to their church. Here's the first one. "If you come to our church, it will be over in less than an hour and you will still have plenty of time to enjoy the day." Can you imagine Jesus saying if you'll come hear me it'll be over in less than an hour and you can just go on your way?
The mail piece also promises not to make you listen to a bunch of old songs and an organ. In the New Testament church we are reminded that the early Church sang hymns and Old Testament psalms.
Here's another promise. "When you come to our Church leave your wallet at home. We promise not to talk about money." Isn't that strange when Jesus said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."
Here's another promise the brochure makes. "We promise not to visit you." Isn't that strange in the light of the fact that in the days of the New Testament they went house to house telling people about Jesus?
Here's another pledge. "You can blend in with our people and not be recognized." Yet, Jesus said if we come to be a part of His church we must take our stand openly for the Lord.
Here's another one. "We'll give you coffee and donuts free." Can you imagine? Sounds like our local Kroger store. Nothing wrong with coffee and donuts, but can you imagine Paul building the church at Philippi where he was beaten, building the church in Rome where he was martyred and said you come on over to our Philippi church and we'll give you free coffee and donuts.
You have here the attempt of churches to make the Church so soft-petal ...
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