Who’s responsibility is it?

November 8, 2007 at 11:13 am | Posted in Christianity | 1 Comment
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I’ve been thinking a lot lately and watching some of the things that are going on in the church and I’ve gotta ask a question…

Who’se resposibility is it?

You’re probably wondering where I’m going with this so please try to bear with me. I have being watching some of what’s been going on in the church and I don’t understand it. This one question is actually a lot of questions. The funny thing is, I’ve got answers for the questions, but they don’t seem to match the answer that the modern Christian church gives.

For example, whose responsibility is it to reach out to the lost?

   My Answer: It is the responsibility of EVERY Christian to reach out to those around them with the gospel.

   The Church’s Answer (TCA): It is the responsibility of a select few who are “called” as evangelists to go out and win souls for Jesus.

Who’s responsibility is it to make sure that Christians know the truth?

   My Answer: It is the resposibility of the Christian to know the truth for themselves. It is up to them to be like the Bereans (Acts 17) and study to show themselves approved (2 Tim 2:15).

   TCA: It is the responsibility of the pastors and their assistants to provide programs that will help “bring in the lost” and “get people plugged into” the church and “what God is doing”.

All of this kind of talk aggrevates me. I see more and more churches practicing Penguin Christianity. What is Penguin Christianity? Have you ever watched a penguin feed it’s kids? They chew up the food, swallow it to let it digest, and then feed their kids…

That’s what is happening in the church today! We have about 20-30 churches within 5 miles of where I live and I got to thinking yesterday. We have a population of about 10000 people. If the church really was doing what it should, and if Christians actually acted like Christians, and if the church really did have the answers like it proposes, then why haven’t we changed this entire area? Why isn’t this a hotspot for God’s kingdom? Surely with 20-30 churches full of people who are “on fire for God” and “doing the Lord’s work” we should be able to turn this place upside down! Instead, what we have is a group of people who are all about emotion, promoting their brand of Christianity that makes others comfortable where they are and tries to walk them through a “Christianity Lite” kind of experience. What we have is a group of people who talk about “being on fire for God” and need to be concerned about just being on fire when Jesus returns. That may be harsh, but I’m tired of watching church after church try to court sinners in an effort to bulk up their numbers and make it look like they’re “about their Father’s business”. I’m tired of the church dancing around the truth in an effort to please everyone…

NEWSFLASH: That’s not going to happen. The truth isn’t going to please everyone because they’re not going to want to hear it! I love people and don’t want anything bad to happen to anyone, but that fact alone is what makes me go out to preach to others. That fact alone is what makes me tell others that JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY! It is because I have a severe desire to see people snatched from the fires of hell that puts me in the position of telling them that if they die in their sins without Jesus they will end up smack dab in the middle of hell.

Instead of the church trying to be all things to all people to the point that they have no substance, we need to take a really good look at where we are and how far away from Christ we are. And then we need to cry out in repentence for misrepresenting our Lord and Savior and making Him a laughing stock. Then we can ask God for the boldness to tell others that judgment is coming and how they can be spared from the fires of hell.

Maybe then when people come into the church looking for answers they find them instead of getting a song, a dance, and “Jesus loves you and died for your sins” with a plastic smile.

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  1. Right on, Mike. Make sure your pastor gets a copy of this and then pass it on to other pastors. Obtain a list of churches in your area and your country and then the rest of the world – and send it to them. Send it to Christians mags and newspapers – multiply its message. God bless you and keep you in his love. Acts 5:42 “Day after day in the temple courts and from house to house they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.” We have to be filled with the Holy Spirit, to read God’s Word daily, and to fellowship with like-minded saints on fire, and get the Word out.

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