Yesterday we looked at the gospel repackaged. Today we will see the gospel ignored. Few churches today still preach the uncompromised gospel message. This would be funny if it were not so sad. People’s lives are at stake. Many will perish.
The striped candy technique!
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” Acts 2:42
Without Biblical authority, or any other right under the sun—carnal religious leaders have introduced a host of attractions that serve no purpose except to provide entertainment for the retarded saints!
It is now common practice in most evangelical churches to offer the people, especially the young people, a maximum of entertainment–and a minimum of serious instruction. It is scarcely possible in most places to get anyone to attend a meeting where the only attraction is God. One can only conclude that God’s professed children are bored with Him, for they must be wooed to meeting with a stick of striped candy, in the form of religious movies, games and refreshments.
This has influenced the whole pattern of church life, and even brought into being a new type of church architecture, designed to house the golden calf. So we have the strange anomaly of orthodoxy in creed–and heterodoxy in practice. The striped candy technique has been so fully integrated into our present religious thinking that it is simply taken for granted. Its victims never dream that it is not a part of the teachings of Christ and His apostles!
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This is what our churches have become, places of entertainment where the lost come to die.
Thankfully, there are still good Bible believing, Bible preaching, no frills churches committed to presenting the gospel to lost souls. Their concern is seeing the lost get saved and go to heaven.
Please prayerfully consider the church you go to. What is the emphasis of the church? Is it to make you feel good or to look into the mirror of God’s word to convict your soul?
Your choice has eternal consequences.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001