We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

"Ordinary" Should Be Enough

A dangerous consequence of the spread and influence of megachurches and media ministries is that many Christians now evaluate their churches and ministries based on all the wrong things.  They want the extraordinary.  They expect non-stop excitement, amazing growth, cutting-edge programs and novel techniques.  Faithful proclamation of Scripture in the pulpit, a godly congregation that faithfully worships together and pursues sanctification under leadership – all that smacks of the ordinary.  And ordinary just isn’t enough.  Evangelicalism has cultivated an adolescent appetite and expectation for an emotionally fulfilling, ever-expanding, earth-shattering church experience that ordinary just can’t compete with.

Cited from a letter from John MacArthur’s ministry, related to “The Ordinary Church,” a sermon MacArthur preached.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How true. Same goes for an "ordinary" life of being a faithful husband/wife, parent, employee, church attendee, servant, etc...

If it's not adrenaline based living, it seems many do not think it's good enough to be real "Christianity". How wrong they are. I lay the blame at the feet of all the leaders who chase the "Christian" fads and those who seek out experience over truth.