In seeking to be “relevant” to and “involved” with a confused generation, the Church is in danger of joining the forces of Babel. In that day men said, “Come, let us make …,” “Come, let us build …,” “Let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth” (Gen. 11:3, 4).

Feeling insecure, fearful of another flood, confident that they had within themselves the solution to their problems, the men of Babel started to make a “brave new world.” What was the result? Confusion!

God had given the people of that time a revelation of his love, power, and provision. He had promised that the world would never again be destroyed by a flood. But these men rejected his love, discounted his power, ignored his provision, and disbelieved his promise. And, as always, God had the last word. He brought their plans to nought, confused their tongues, and scattered them over the face of all the earth.

There is grave danger that the Church of our day may be accepting the philosophy of Babel. By failing to fulfill its God-given mission, it is adding to the confusion of the world.

How different was Babel from Pentecost. At Pentecost, a small group of ordinary men, united in faith, hope, and prayer and obedient to the Lord’s command to “wait for the promise of the Father,” were suddenly transformed into flaming evangels, filled with the Holy Spirit, bearing a burning message—God’s message—of redemption for a sinning world.

This event, which some saw as a confusion of tongues and others as an alcoholic binge, was actually God’s empowering of man to preach the Gospel in a needy but hostile world. These men went out, not to reform the world, but to lead individual souls to redemption through faith in Jesus Christ. There ...

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