Do we want our churches to clearly proclaim the truth and power of the gospel of Christ or do we prefer it to be a Community Center where people gather for social events/entertainment? The culture has quite a bit of those already.
Something is missing and we know what it is.
Are we willing to be made willing by a gracious God to speak the Word with boldness and courage? Or shall we continue to fold to give an ever changing popular culture “relevance” without the fire of truth?
Now this remains: Do we serve and please Christ our Savior? Or do we lust too heartily for acceptance from a culture that demands we become more like them — while cutting, diluting, muffling, softening — and yes, compromising – changing the gospel of Christ — even begging a lost culture to accept us as an almost bearable rabble slightly tolerated in their self-preferred fiefdom. To fit in or be ridiculed and shunned.
I have made my choice and I will stand firm in that choice. Eternity is in the balance. Not only for us, but for the lost who recognize their need and are desperately searching for a clear alternative to all they have seen within a pop culture blindly seeking for they–know–not–what.
It is of most preeminence we do not forsake our First Love!
These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. 2 I know your deeds,your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. 3 You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.
4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first Love.5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. Rev. 2:1-5
Leonard Ravenhill was an English Christian evangelist and author who focused on the subjects of prayer and revival. He is best known for challenging western evangelicalism to compare itself to the early Christian Church as chronicled in the Book of Acts.
Pastor Ravenhill has said it takes sacrifice to bring the Holy Spirit to inflame the gospel of Christ. When that happens people will come from miles around to see the flame that does not consume. No gewgaws, fancy programs, no glittering media presentations –and no watered down message. Just the gospel of Jesus Christ preached in truth and with passion.
(1907 – 1994)
(Leonard Ravenhill’s Message)~
Acts 4:23 – 31
23 On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them.24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. 25 You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David:
27 Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. 28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken.And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
Let us preach the one true gospel of Christ with the same courage and boldness that the Spirit of Jesus gave to the Apostles! Nothing more can be added to give the message either more power or attraction. Those who need the Savior need a clear alternative. Not a glossed-over sameness that the world offers. Blessings, ~g.w.