22 January 2011

The Simple Solution

"Having absorbed the world's values, Christianity in our society is now dying. Subtly but surely, worldliness and self-indulgence are eating away the heart of the church. The gospel usually proclaimed today is so convoluted that it offers believing in Christ as nothing more than a means to contentment and prosperity. The offense of the cross (cf. Gal. 5:11) has been systematically removed so that the message might be made more acceptable to unbelievers. The church somehow got the idea it could declare peace with the enemies of God.
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We don't need clever approaches to get people saved (1 Cor. 1:21). We simply need to get back to preaching the truth and planting the seed. If we're faithful in that, the soil God has prepared will bear fruit."
-John MacArthur, Ashamed of the Gospel, Third Edition, (page 96, 97), emphasis mine. 

1 comment:

  1. So true; but, it began in the infancy of the church when pagan festivals were combined with Christianity to make many of the holidays observed today. How was that going to save the pagans or help a Christian not to stumble?! A little leaven ...

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