Is the church irrelevant?
Rob Bell former founding pastor of Mars Hill Bible church, a mega church in Michigan recently made comments on Oprah Winfrey show stating his reasons for feeling the church is irrelevant. His viewpoints were specifically do to the church being culturally out of touch widely for their refusal to accept gay marriage.
The church has been belittled to a nonproductive organization
I believe this is not due to the lack of being irrelevant but rather do to The abundance of being reprobate.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
I believe this is the reason why. The church is…
Much of the church has become intimidated to take a biblical stance on relevant issues. We preach to our youth to stand up in the midst of peer pressure, but we, as their mature example of Christianity, have buckled time and time again in the face of our peers. We have proven ourselves to be unwilling to make a hard stance concerning our own faith. It’s no wonder we have less than 4% of our nation’s youth serving the Lord currently.
Ezekiel 2:6. King James Bible
And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.
Jeremiah 1:8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.
We are uninterested in The viewpoints of God found clearly in the word. We are uninterested in hearing biblical preaching. Because if we started paying closer attention to God’s word we know that it will come in direct conflict with our current worldview position. So instead of being confronted with the image in the mirror we choose to not look in the mirror.
2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
When “The Christians” are faced with moral issues we don’t know where we should stand. since we have no idea where the line is drawn biblically, we often find ourselves straddling the area where we feel the line should be drawn. But because we are uneducated in truth when challenged why we are standing where we stand, we gracefully sway in the direction of our peers. We find ourselves being double minded agreeing with truth in one circumstance and disregarding truth in another.
We have been culturally educated but not biblically educated.
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
After hearing the same message preached 500 different ways we tend to come to church with no expectation. After singing the same hymn for 50 years we have no spirit of worship. So after we are unaffected in worship and unaffected in the word The only thing left is religious duty.
They have no passion for the Lord they are attending services
Reluctantly serving but if you take the duty away there is no deep relationship to sustain their faith. They are easily swayed and fallen because there is no preacher to encourage.
Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
2 Corinthians 6:17. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
Ezekiel 22:26. Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.
Profaned- to make common what is holy