by Jim West
The chief weakness of Christianity is and always has been its sometime willingness to acquiesce to the demands of society in order to find acceptance, ‘tolerance’, or whatever. From time immemorial, as soon as the Church has agreed to the world’s terms, it was weakened. As Adolf von Harnack noted, the Church’s mission was to go into the world but instead the world came into the Church (in the era of Constantine the Foul), and that was when disaster struck.
In our own time churches are caving in to the cravings of culture and ‘giving the people what they want’ instead of what they need- the Gospel. Nothing could be less appropriate, or less Christian.
Accordingly, it really is time for Christianity to say to the World: this is who we are, this is what we believe, this is how we behave, and if you don’t like it or want no part of it, good riddance.
Enough of the pandering and the whining and the capitulating; enough of the lying! The Church needs to be the Church and remember that as the Bride of Christ the very gates of Hell cannot prevail against it. Why, then, should a whiny Millennial? Or a sniveling ‘seeker’?
Church, just be the Church, and to Hades with those who demand you surrender. The world needs the Gospel. The Gospel doesn’t need the world. Pastors need to be Pastors, not capitulaters.