[290] Irrelevance
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[290] Irrelevance

In my last post I mentioned the ever-more common trend of denominations retreating from biblical authority, and accommodating secular thinking in a desperate attempt to appear relevant to the world.  These churches seem to think if only they would bend a little to the world, “modernize” some doctrines, and become more secular-friendly, their pews would fill.

They are dead wrong.  Researchers continually cite diminishing attendance in theologically flexible—liberal–mainline denominational churches, while finding growth among more biblically-centered, evangelical churches.  

The reason is that the gospel has never been relevant to the world, and all the manipulations and permutations will not make it so.  All such churches do, is excise the power of truth from their message, hence, neutering their potential impact.  They become toothless do-gooder voices with little appeal to the non-believer who finds Christianity at best, mythical—certainly not fashionable.

In 1 Cor. 2:14, Paul puts it in our face. He says, “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.”

There it is, right there. The gospel is irrelevant, folly, foolishness to those who are not spiritually awake.

But he had more to say.  In Romans 1:16 he said he was “not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation…”  The gospel is clearly irrelevant by contemporary standards.  But that irrelevant message has truth, and truth has power that trumps social relevance every time.  DC

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