Dusty Rubeck, President of CDF Capital wrote a column in its publication The Cornerstone. Among other points, he wondered “How will the church change in the decades ahead?”
Whatever the church changes—locations, programs, methods or preaching—it must never alter the eternal message of the Gospel....“that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ...” II Corinthians 5:19. Nor must that message be considered secondary or tertiary to programs or methods. It must be foundational to church life and ministry. Putting anything in its place disgraces the Savior who died to forgive our sins and rose again as Lord of the church. And he will hold accountable any preacher who betrays him by ignoring, downgrading or dismissing that message to make his appeal more acceptable.
The message of both Old and New Testaments is the same of both Moses and Jesus, of both prophets and apostles: God is always on the offensive against wickedness, never on the defense against its attacks. God has nothing to prove to sinful humanity, whatever claims we hide behind to excuse our unbelief and disobedience.
Whatever the younger generation of church leaders think, the message of the church doesn’t need to change, dare not change and will be subject to God’s wrath if we try to change it. Humanity must change. It must repent of its sins and be baptized for the forgiveness of its sins. It must then let its renewed self be “hidden with Christ in God” Colossians 3:3.
God will not excuse preachers who find an easy way for people to be religious without being Christian; to be church members without being converted from self-will to Spirit-filled, Christ-centered lives; to claim a spiritual experience while denying the elementary truths of Jesus Christ as God’s Only Begotten Son. –End Part I-