Scripture and Scotch Revisited

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.

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Scripture & Scotch?

My wife came and told me that she saw an event on Facebook that was endorsed by a pastors wife that she is friends with.  Scripture and ScotchI guess the premise of this event is to go to a local nightclub in Springfield, MO, play secular music, drink, and share scripture with those who attend.  Judging from the facebook page it would appear that  at least one person who hasn’t been at church in a year, will be there along with many others.  So, my initial impression is that this is a way for those who attend church to have an excuse to go act like the world, which is exactly what Paul said not to do in Romans 12:2 and the Apostle John talked about in 1 John 2:15-17.  I am constantly amazed at the rationalization those who call on the name of Christ come up with to reach the lost instead of just preaching the Gospel message and calling on people to repent and believe.  What is even more troublesome is that I know that the church (cough, sputter, etc) where a lot of those who are leading this is affiliated with a denomination that used to believe in holiness and separation from the ways of the world.  Isn’t it interesting how times have changed?