Tuesday, November 20, 2007

John MacArthur On Mega-Churches.

I saw this on the Reformed Voices blog and I love it.

(from Symphony of Scripture)

“When a sinner wanders into the church and sits through skits, mimes, interpretive dances, and the like, and yet never hears a clear, convicting message about his dangerous and tenuous spiritual situation– that he is a depraved sinner headed for an eternal fire because he is a daily offense to a holy God– how can that be called successful? You could achieve the same level of success by sending a cancer patient to receive treatment from a group of children playing doctor. A sinner must understand the imminent danger he is in if he is ever to look to the Savior. What’s worse is when seeker-focused churches baptize the masses with their watered-down gospel, assuring them that positive decisions, feelings, or affirmations about Christ equal genuine conversion. There are now multitudes who are not authentic Christians identifying with the church. As you set your strategy for church ministry, you dare not overlook the primary means of church growth: the straightforward, Christ-centered proclamation of the unadulterated Word of God.”
-John MacArthur


Rhea said...

Wow...this was AMAZING!!!! So many times I get concerned that b/c we're so concerned with "offending" someone that we try to water down the Gospel or make it more PC, and as a result, we get lots of FALSE conversions. In the end, I think that this is probably even worse than NOT evangelizing. B/c in the end, we let someone believe that they are right with God, when in reality, that's not true. Also, I think that we end up saying that our sin isn't really as bad as it is, something that also must disgust God.

Alan said...