You Can Reach More People In Your City if You Will Only Do What They are Doing
A local church in my city recently ran this “Pure Sex” advertising campaign to attract the non-churched to come to their services. They drove around the city with this banner on a trailer. First, I thought it was an advertisement for a porn shop. I was stopped dead in my tracks when I realized it was an advertisement to come to a church.
Does the seeker-sensitive model have no limits? Now our message to the lost is “Come here and we’ll teach you how to have a better sex life?” Is that the message God has entrusted us with?
1 Corinthians 15:3-5,11 ESV3For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.”
Speaking about the other Apostles and what they preached:11Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
The Cross is the message we are to proclaim. Period. Get back to doing it.
D.A. Carson has said “I fear that the cross, without ever being disowned, is constantly in danger of being dismissed from the central place it must enjoy, by relatively peripheral insights that take on far too much weight. Whenever the periphery is in danger of displacing the center, we are not far removed from idolatry.”
Note to Carson, I think we are close to that now.
Side note: Consider this: Does anyone honestly believe the lost are going to come to church with their girlfriends so that some pastor can teach them how to have better sex?
What do you think? Did they go to far here?
If you really want to fill the pews, and don’t have to worry about maintaining any standards, why not have the meeting on Saturday Night and have a fully stocked open bar? Surely more people would come to church if you had a great band AND served free alcohol.
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If you would like to read more about this topic check out this article “Amazing Grace and Kool-aid Christianity” by my friends over at The Cross is All blog. You can also read these articles on our site: Does God Care How We Worship?, Whatever Happened to the Message of Christianity?, The Seeker-Sensitive Model: Has the Quest for “Relevance”, Made the Church Irrelevant?
Posted on June 15, 2011, in Christianity, Contemporary Church Culture, The Seeker-Sensitive Church Model, Theology and tagged christianity, church, D.A. Carson, El cristianismo, faith, Jeus Христа, Jeus Kristus, Jeusキリスト, křesťanství, Not For itching Ears, Purpose Driven, religion, seeker-sensitive. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.