Much is being said to the effect that the Church is no longer being relevant to the world in which we live. Only recently I heard a prominent entertainer say that the Church has no meaning to young people because it has no answers, either for their personal problems or for the problems of the world.
Where this is actually the case, may not the reason be that the modern Church is abandoning its God-ordained role in the world to become involved in areas to which it is not called and for which its leaders are not qualified?
The Church is truly relevant only when it faithfully witnesses to a message—a message from God to man; when it gives itself to the preaching, teaching, and living of Christ, the one and only Mediator between God and man; when its primary concern is to point men to God’s Son as Saviour from sin and Lord of life.
It becomes utterly irrelevant when it preaches a Christ who is not the Christ of the Bible but has been divested of his supernatural and miraculous nature; when its primary concern is with the condition of the Prodigal in the Far Country, trying to make him happy, comfortable, and prosperous rather than to bring him home to his Father; when its leadership has shifted from a spiritual task to one that is largely political, economic, and social.
The Church is rendered ineffectual and irrelevant when it cuts loose from the anchor of faith in the Holy Scriptures and substitutes for that faith an attitude of criticism of divine revelation, setting up its programs with little or no reference to the plain teachings of that revelation. This becomes an ever increasing problem as seminaries turn out more and more men who have no idea of preaching the Gospel but rather use their training and calling for secular ...1
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