‘It just blows my mind’

Pastors who hate the church. Pastors who are in love with the culture. Pastors who just seem to choke on the name of “Jesus”.  Pastors who will side with atheists and Muslims and Hindus and New Agers and  whate vers, over and above the Living Lord, Jesus the Christ.

It blows my mind.

They are in love with being liked. They want to be liked so badly that they will throw their Lord overboard in a heartbeat rather than appear to be intolerant to the enemies of the cross.  That’s right.  These folks are enemies of the cross. They deny the Living God His due and these lovie-dovie, tolerant  pastors would much rather side with the enemies of the cross, than their Lord Jesus Christ.

The Bible says that these men, and or women, are going to be held to a higher standard. They ought know better. But they insist on making war on God and the Church out of some warped sense of altruism.

This is not to confuse righteous criticism of the church or bad doctrine, or acts or behaviors unbecoming of Christians or the church. There is certainly a place for that kind of corrective criticism. Rather,  I am speaking of pastors who have a strong antipathy toward the church and of the exclusivity of our Lord Jesus Christ against a culture who would not have Him.

To these pastors I would say (and am saying), “pick a side”.

If you love this idea that Christians are bad who proclaim Christ as the only Way, and you think so higly of the other “religions” and Christ denying cultures…then go to them. Be one of them. Join them. The Church has enough problems without you trying to destroy the One thing that the Church is built upon, the person of Jesus Christ, and Him alone.

It just blows my mind.

10 Responses

  1. Amen. They have apparently forgotten what Paul wrote: “For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.”

    I understand the thinking behind cultural relevance, taking a philosophy of missions and applying it to the changing culture. However, the apparent worship of culture is disturbing. On one hand, a church stuck in the 50’s or 60’s is like a missionary who is unwilling to learn the native language. On the other hand, any church who becomes married to a culture has lost the message behind the mission.

  2. Steve, I have moved my BLOG to http://centralityofthegospel.wordpress.com/

  3. Is cultural relevance not irrelevant to the Gospel of Jesus Christ(Romans 12:2)?

  4. Steve,
    Did you sneak into our baccalaureate service last year somehow? This is the same rant I went on after we had a Methodist “campus pastor” who did this very thing. Thankfully, we got a guy to speak this year who wasn’t afraid to name the name of Christ and point people to Him alone as the foundation of faith.

  5. Bravo Steve, bravo!

  6. Oh yes and this is Jon who moved his BLOG

  7. The great need of the hour is revival and reform that produces true churches where God is the center, the glory of God is the focus, and the Bible is the authoritative and sufficient manual. Restoring sound doctrine concerning the nature of conversion is foundational to a church that brings God the glory He deserves!

  8. Right on Mr. TheOld Adam.. I often wondered why they even bother with Christianity; this is universalism on steroids and is the reason I led my congregation out of the elca.

    • Thanks, Pastor Somers.
      We too, are exploring options. It’s tough being in A denomination that has tossed out God’s Word in favor of more generous words.

      My computer is down because we are moving. I hope this goes through on my blackberry.

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