“Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Mat 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Mat 28:20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” “
That is the great commission. The most important mission that we as Christians fulfill in the world – telling others about Christ, thereby filling the Godly decree of calling His elect, making them aware of the timeless covenant of which they are a part.
But lately a new kind of missionary has surfaced.
Instead of Christians taking the gospel into the world, we are seeing missionaries of the world bringing the gospel of the world into the church. Under the guise of tolerance and inclusiveness, traditional Bible-based doctrines are being moved aside so that the “unchurched” also have a place “to get to know God”. That means discarding anything that may offend them, and turning church into an unrecognizable psycho-babble group-hug. Not only are socially acceptable doctrines introduced, but humanist teachings, the discarding of miracles, the absolutism of science and general post-modernist culture introduced.
So why do these new missionaries think they should bring the gospel of the world into the church? And why do churches not only accept this worldly gospel, but also chose to preach it? It seems that somehow there is a belief that a non-offensive church story (read worldly) will get more people in the church. In short, it will make the church more acceptable to the world.
Typical teachings from the world that continue to make it into the church are the acceptability of sin of all kinds, the promise of earthly riches and happiness, and the denial of the sovereignty of God. Anything bad that happens is either not mentioned, or is ascribed to the libertarian free will of evil men.
The importing of these teachings are the result of the last 150 years worth of the secularist separation of religion and life outside of the church. Christians are bombarded with messages that it is ok to worship on a Sunday, but that the Christian life really does not apply to the “real” world, where all people are equal, most kinds behavior is acceptable and tolerated, where science has explained all things and where religious people are the nuts, extremists and irrational fairy tale believers.
Is it any wonder then, that we see the new missionaries, liberal pastors, elders, deacons and members bringing these secular ideas into the church at the cost of Biblical teaching? The new mantra is “All authority has been given to man, therefore don’t make disciples, but make man happy when he obeys the world.” God is relegated to be the big ATM in heaven, the Dr. Phil of ancient times and philosopher of mythologists.
This comes at the cost of life. The need for a Savior is not proclaimed, just the insipid platitudes of post-modernist new age teaching. The God of Israel is perched in a little cage far above daily life, only to be let out in times of need and an occasional accidental remembrance.
The new missionaries do not preach a message of life, but of death. Their message is one for the temporal, not the eternal. It is a message of betrayal, of insignificance for the spirit. It is an insult to the one and only God, to the blood that flooded from the cross, to those that have given their lives to ensure the proclamation of the true Gospel.
Therefore, stand strong for the true message, the Almighty sovereign God, who is the Ruler of all that He created, by whom the universe is kept and maintained. Be a true missionary, taking the good news of the Gospel into the world, and do not receive those who bring the gospel of the world into the church.