Romans 3:10-11 states that no one seeks for God. Yet there are many churches and ministries that strive to be “seeker sensitive”. We spoke briefly about that misplaced focus in Sunday School today. If man, in all his sin, does not seek God then to what is a church striving to be sensitive? Although I believe concern for the lost is necessary, what results is an attempt to make the church look more like the world so those that are lost will feel more comfortable. The church no longer looks like the body of Christ but a moral version of the world.
While thinking of these things I read this post by John MacArthur, “A Clarion Call to the Modern Church”. He uses the term “user friendly” to describe the trend to be more acceptable to sinners. He states:
Like the modernists a century ago, churches in the user-friendly movement have decided that doctrine is divisive–peace is more important than sound teaching. Wanting to appeal to a modern age, they have framed their message as a friendly, agreeable, and relevant dialogue, rather than as a confrontation with the gospel of Christ.
The only hope is a return to Scripture and sound doctrine. We evangelicals desperately need to recover our determination to be biblical, our refusal to comply with the world, our willingness to defend what we believe, and our courage to defy false teaching. Unless we collectively awaken to the current dangers that threaten our faith, the adversary will attack us from within, and we will not be able to withstand.
Preaching the Gospel and holding to that truth is not trendy and cool. But it is the Gospel message that the Lord promises to work through to accomplish salvation for the lost. Romans 1:16 So let us not forget that our sensitivity is to be to the Word and Will of God.