We are in a dangerous time in history. I am not referring to the riots, uprising against governments or tensions between nations. Those events have always been in every generation throughout history. I am referring to the detours many churches and preachers are taking from biblical principles to make social issues the central topics to preach on rather than the gospel of God’s pure grace.
This is not a new trend. The Early Church faced the same problem. What is new for us is that so many leaders are allowing cultural issues to drive their preaching agendas rather than staying with God’s agenda, proclaiming the gospel which resolves every human issue and problem.
Paul understood this clearer than anyone. When the Church was being pressured to follow Jewish traditions, Paul saw their actions as an attempt to “spy out our freedom that we have in Christ, so that they might bring us into slavery” (Galatians 2:4). How did Paul respond to this? “To them we did not yield in submission even for a moment” (2:5). He kept preaching salvation by grace.
That is the kind of backbone needed in the Church today. Paul answered every social wrong in Corinth with his decision “to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). Whether it was immorality, injustice inside or outside the Church, issues of poverty or pride, he addressed each one through the gospel. We must do the same today!
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