Let the Church seek God’s honor, not this world’s acclaim.

A timely article from Phil Johnson as we continue to fight the modern-day downgrade that’s coming against the body of Christ.


Phil Johnson writes:

Scripture forbids believers to imbibe the world’s values (cf. 1 John 2:6Romans 8:5-6Matthew 6:19-21) or set their affections on things of the earth rather than on heavenly things (cf. Colossians 3:21 John 2:15Matthew 16:23). Christians do not belong to this world. We are not beholden to the world. We cannot legitimately court the world’s admiration or approval. And it is wrong to think otherwise. Jesus told His disciples, “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:9).

That truth is ignored or rejected by multitudes of 21st-century evangelical Christians who wrongly believe that if the church does not first win the world’s friendship and admiration, we have no hope of reaching anyone for Christ. Some of today’s largest and most influential churches even take surveys to find out the desires and ambitions of unbelievers in their communities. Then they plan their Sunday services accordingly, putting on a performance that caters to what people say they desire.

 

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