Going through the motions isn't enough

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

elderly woman praying w/ BibleA Christian apologist is on board with an author and pastor's challenge for the Church to bring sacredness and reverence back to worship.

Over the past few years, several celebrity Christian authors, speakers, and pastors have publicly walked away from the faith and the Church. Referencing Isaiah 29:13, Pastor Francis Chan says the so-called "exvangelical" movement is happening in the pews as well, but he does not think anyone who has had a face-to-face encounter with the Almighty would be a part of that. With that and Isaiah 29:13 in mind, he says it is time to bring sacredness and reverence back to the worship of God.

Apologist Alex McFarland says that is most likely to happen in a church that is led by a fearless, obedient man of God who is empowered by the Spirit of God, not by someone who is just going through the motions.

McFarland

"So many church sermons and so many pastors have really become B-grade motivational speakers," McFarland laments. "The Church exists … to call sinners into a relationship with Jesus, the risen Savior. We need to get away from these vacuous, vapid praise songs that talk about storms and hurricanes and dancing with my homeboy, Jesus. No, God is a holy, righteous God who offers us the chance to repent and believe."

Chan says true Christians spend quality time before the holy God in sacred and reverent silence and awe. In the Church, McFarland says that is true of pastors who are bold and uncompromising.

"It's time we get back to awe and humility before a holy, all-powerful, eternal God," McFarland submits regarding the Church. "We proclaim his Word. We don't spin it. We don't nuance it. We don't modernize it and make it woke."

He agrees that anyone who has a true encounter with the God of the universe is never the same. "There is joy in the presence of God," he says, concluding that everything else falls short.

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