Or different enough to distinguish the difference? Yes, I’m talking about Christianity—modern, post-modern, traditional, emergent—your choice.
There seems to be a fine line between Christian types today. If we seem to be too concerned about the ever-increasing ills of society we’re labeled ‘condemning’ and ‘intolerant’. Try instead, ‘sober’ and ‘vigilant’. 1 Peter 5:8
Or, if we’re embracing the lost and at the same time compromising the foundation of faith we’re called ‘seekers’ attempting to draw converts under cover of worldly placebos.
It’s sometimes hard to balance the command to “Come out from among them and be ye separate” with “Go into all the world and preach the gospel.”
Do we really need to water down our church services to reach the lost? How then will the fold be fed? I’m not saying unbelievers don’t belong in church, not hardly. Just that Christians don’t leave the church often enough with missions in mind.
In Tricia Goyer’s When Children Have Children, we have the story of a young woman whose life choices brought her to the point where she was expecting a child, and she was brought to a Bible study where she was saved.
Is the church the place for people to come to Christ? Certainly.
Churches should be places where broken people find life in the Cross. We were all once enemies of Christ. We are all sinners in need of kindness and grace. We all are less than what we know we should be.
Believers need to be people that do not view themselves as “holier than thou,” but instead “but for the grace of God go I.”
I believe that churches need to stay as pure and close to Scriptures as possible so people know that there is a difference, but they need to have the attitude that says, “God can change you to be in the image of His Son.”
That, my friends, is the message of the Gospel.