A restaurant that serves lousy food, a bad movie no one goes to see, a book no one reads, and a church that empties its pews and runs out of both people and money, should all meet the same fate. They should all go out of business. It’s the natural dynamic of all market endeavors. Failure is a great teacher. The market shouts “you’re doing something wrong.”
We’ve all witnessed the plummeting attendance of liberal mainline denominations for decades. The market has been shouting. Go soft on the authority of the Bible, preach church-lite fluffy “be happy” messages every Sunday, avoid calling sin by its name, abandon orthodoxy and replace the message of the cross with the social gospel and you eliminate the primary reason for going to church in the first place – to be convicted of sin by the Word of God. If you’re not a sinner, you don’t need to be saved. Eliminate teaching the Bible at church and you’re just a social club and/or a political organization.
On the other hand, as in Field of Dreams, “if you teach it, they will come.” Evangelical churches have been growing while the liberal churches have been shrinking, across all demographics, precisely because of their fidelity to teaching the Bible. People don’t really want a therapy session, they want the Spirit of God to speak into their lives. They’re properly convicted, and they want help. That’s the church. Sinners reconciled to a Holy God, and now working with Him against evil in the world in fighting units called “ministries.” And though we may lose many battles, we’re assured victory because of what Jesus did on the Cross.
There are only two things that can happen when sin and the Bible clash: either sin will change the Bible, or the Bible will change the sin.
When Barack and Hillary say homosexuality is not immoral, they’re telling you volumes.
When the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Episcopal Church, and the United Church of Christ are all proud members of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (www.rcrc.org), they’re shouting.
Today, the strongest indicators of where a church is theologically, politically, socially, and thereby economically, is their view of homosexuality and abortion. If they are sins, you’re likely looking at a healthy, Bible-believing church. If they are not a sin, you’re looking at a political group fronting as a church.
The Religious Left is far more “Left” than “religious” – they may look like a church on the outside, but on the inside, they’re a political organization advancing a leftist social agenda. And now, there’s hard evidence to back it up.