Today’s ‘church’ has given a wide berth to compromise the sinner and the saint. There hasn’t just been a dumbing down of the Christian, but a numbing of the sinner. Churches are getting bigger and bigger with people that are in a world of self-help and psychology. It was psychology that kept me from understanding salvation; making myself equal to God, and Jesus just a lowly prophet that lived and died a couple of thousand years ago. It was the dumbing down that kept me in the bar thinking that God is going to forgive me anyway.
Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.”
I recently went to a service that was intended for their youth group. Yes, they professed Jesus. But what I SAW was dimmed lights (if they were on at all), dyed black hair, expletive from the pulpit and screaming loud music (and don’t get me started on the exploitation of the Word of God being abused by their endorsement of the Message Bible). I was wondering where the jello-shots were. I felt like I was in a bar, not a church. If that’s what it takes to get young people to church is to emulate parties and bars then they were lied to from the onset.
Ministers, preachers and pastors don’t make friends telling the compromised Christian that they aren’t living the crucified life that Christ meant for us, that He died for. No one is living Christianity OUTLOUD because their church doesn’t show them how. Pastors are to lead by example, do as I say not as I do? Pastors, you are not in the ministry to make friends. It makes you wonder who or what the Church serves.
Joshua 24:15 says, “…And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
Pastors gloss over that Jesus also lived a daily life on earth during his 33 years; He woke in the morning, He slept, He ate, He drank, He got tired, He got angry, He loved, He learned a trade – He lived everyday as we do. His daily life was meant as an example of how to live for God every day. Jesus was making disciples, not friends. He was creating a family to take His Word to the world, waiting by the narrow gate.