Monday, June 11, 2012

Amen, Brother!

Dr. Te-Li Lau of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School really "preached it" recently—something I've been saying for quite a while. What is that, you might ask? Merely this:

AVOID FADS AND STICK WITH SCRIPTURE!

If you'd like to read more about Dr. Lau's message, you can click here to the Christian Post. I am glad that this is being sounded loudly and clearly from the seminary of my fellowship, the Evangelical Free Church of America.

All too often, evangelical churches—especially here in North America—have fallen victim to fads. The well-intentioned idea is, of course, that you will win people to Christ by clever marketing techniques, meeting people's "felt needs," and a bunch of other worldly ideas. This might work on Madison Avenue, and might even succeed in getting people in the door for a while. But it ultimately will do no good whatsoever in seeing people truly saved.

People need the unadulterated, un-watered-down Gospel. They need to know and believe that Jesus died on the cross for their sins, and rose again from the dead for their justification. You can't come to know a Savior unless you first understand that you need one. And you don't understand that you need a Savior until you come to terms with the truth that you are a sinner due for God's wrath.

But that's not a marketable message these days, they say. You catch more flies with cotton candy.

Yeah. Right. Cotton candy tastes great for a bit, but evaporates in the mouth in seconds and leaves a bitter aftertaste. It's much better to come to the One who can give life-giving water to a thirsty soul—the One who gave Himself for the sake of His people. Stick to Him, and stick to His Word. Stay away from the fads.

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