January 21, 2008 (WSJ) — On a quiet Sunday morning in June, as worshippers settled into the pews at Allen Baptist Church in southwestern Michigan, Pastor Jason Burrick grabbed his cellphone and dialed 911. When a dispatcher answered, the preacher said a former congregant was in the sanctuary. “And we need to, um, have her out A.S.A.P.”
IT’S OPEN SEASON on ‘Protestant Evangelical’ churches. Sadly, this article is not unusual in its tone or subtext. ‘News items’ of this sort paint fundamental pastors and congregations as petty and cruel hate-mongers.
Within any denomination, a few self-serving pastors or church leaders may overstep Biblical authority; however, most do not. You’re not likely to read about those loving, loyal servants in the WSJ journal though. Those who preach the Bible and Christ crucified are quickly becoming pariahs in a land of ‘seeker friendly’, ‘man-centered’ churches.
This past weekend, Crystal Cathedral in LA hosted a ‘Rethink Conference’. Rethinking God and the Bible is a dangerous road. Dominionism and the ’emerging church’ movement have infiltrated all too many congregations, spreading the heresy that mankind must first ‘set up’ Christ’s kingdom before Jesus will return; that it is up to humans to cleanse the world of sin.
Jesus Christ defeated sin at the cross. He will return very soon to proclaim that victory, and HE will set up the kingdom. Until then, it is the duty of the Body of Christ to preach the gospel (what good is it to gain the world but lose one’s soul?)
We cannot vote or ‘rethink’ God’s kingdom into being. We CAN tell the world about Christ’s gift of eternal life — and that the world’s time is running out before that open invitation ends.
‘Behold I come quickly’, our Lord tells us. Those who have watered down His message of salvation will have a lot of explaining to do. — Sharon