In case you missed the original post, it can be found here and you might want to read it first. Then read this blurb from KSPR33, a local newsstation from Springfield, MO, and then read on in this post.
First off, I want to say that I am by no means a “prude” in how we share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I think it should be share promiscuously which is something most of us know little about from a Gospel perspective. Yet, when we talk about promiscuous sex, we all know that that means someone who will have sex with just about anyone, at any time. So, don’t think that I am against the spreading of the Gospel. My concern is with the way in which it is being done. Just this morning I was listening to the Mortification of Spin podcast and heard Carl Trueman say, “If you are into something because it is cool and hip, that is going to vanish like the morning dew when the heat comes.” It would appear that church’s (and I use that term loosely) today think they have to be all “cool and hip” to reach the lost. What are the results? What were the results of the Scripture and Scotch time? Were lives regenerated? I do not see any of that posted on the facebook website.
When we use the ways of the world to reach the world, haven’t we by definition said to the world that the Church just isn’t good enough? While most would say that this isn’t the case, I think if you look at it from a scriptural perspective, you will find it to be true. 1 John 2:15-17 really could not be more explicit in saying, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”
Octavius Winslow says:
Therefore, come out from them and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. (2 Corinthians 6:17)
There is not a stronger mark of the Lord’s people than their separation. They are separated from the world, separated from their families, separated from their own righteousness, and often separated from the religious world–a godly people whom the Lord has set apart from all others, that He might set them apart for Himself. Now, it is this distinctive badge ofseparateness the Lord will have His saints retain in all their Christian course. We are very apt to forget it.
We live in the world, mix with the world, hold transactions with the world, and, in some measure, are guided by the conventional habits of the world. Still, we have need to be continually reminded that, though living in the world, and, of necessity, compelled to conform to its proper and lawful customs, we yet are not OF the world. “I have chosen you OUT OF the world,” says the unworldly, loving Savior to His disciples; “therefore the world hates you.” “You are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” Now, in what sense, oh my soul, and to what extent, does your loyalty to Christ demand your separation from the world?
The words which suggest the present reflection are, by a slight variation, taken from the prophet Isaiah 52:11, and originally were applied to the captive Jews in Babylon,
“Depart, depart, go out from there! Touch no unclean thing! Come out from it and be pure, you who carry the vessels of the Lord.” Now, Babylon, a city of proud, unclean idolaters, and opposed to God, was an emblem of this ungodly, Babylonish world, in which the saints of the Most High dwell, but from which they are called to come, and from whose inhabitants they are called upon to separate themselves, touching not the unclean thing.
The religion of Christ is not ascetic and monkish. It knows nothing of “nunneries,” or “monasteries,” or “retreats.” These are all opposed to the genius and requirements of Christianity–its divine, social, and spiritual nature. Our blessed Lord, the Divine Founder of our religion, expressly warns His disciples of this perversion of His gospel–“Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold He is in the desert; go not forth–behold, He is in the secret chambers; believe it not.” It enjoins nothing like this upon its disciples, “for then must you needs go out of the world,” says the apostle.
But it does teach crucifixion to the world, nonconformity to the world, spiritual and marked separation from the world, from its pleasures, its gaieties, its principles, its religion. We are the professed disciples of an unearthly Christ, the followers of an unworldly Savior. “Let us go forth, therefore, unto Him outside the camp” (of the Babylonish world), “bearing His reproach,” keeping our consecrated garments unspotted from the world, touching not the unclean thing. Then will Jesus, our Lord, receive us, and infinitely make amends for all we have lost of power and wealth and honors, for His holy and precious Name.
Let our separation from the world be our closer union and fellowship with the Church of Christ in its every branch, and with Christ Himself, the one Head of the Church. This will tend more strongly to define and sharpen the line of demarcation between us and an ungodly world. Association with the saints will render us a more marked and distinct people. The world will take account of us that we are the Lord’s. O my soul! come away from an unclean and defiling world. “If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” Lord! by Your cross may I be crucified to the world, and the world to me!
Then there is this post from Tim Challies where he asks, “Are we making Christianity better or Rock N’ Roll worse?”
The early church did not win people by going and doing what the lost around them did, they won people to Christ by their faithful witness and the evidence that their lives had been markedly changed. I fear that today, there is very little distinction between the lives of those in the world and those in the Church. So, if we follow the logical chain of thought, what does that say about many in the Church? A true heart regeneration will lead one to a new perspective and cause one to come out from the world. Yes, I do agree that we have to have contact with the lost, even Jesus did that, but he spoke the truth without any worldly means or ways. I’ve said it earlier, but I will reiterate it, when the Church uses the worlds ways to reach the world, the Church has lowered itself and this does not reflect the Holiness of God. Just sayin’.