For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10)
When young people say they’ve left the Church because of hypocrisy, what kind of hypocrisy are we talking about? Could it be that they see ministry leaders and parents embracing worldly culture rather than engaging it for the sake of the Gospel, or dying to themselves?
When the Church begins to look exactly like the world to please men, it seems that the Church is dismantling guardrails established by Christ Himself, who said,
18 ”If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19 ”If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. (John 15:18-19 NASB)
15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. (1 John 2:15-17 NASB)
Joining us today is Dave Wager! Dave is the author of several books and the president of Silver Birch Ranch and Nicolet Bible Institute in northern Wisconsin. Dave is also the president of a ministry called The Omega Force, a catalyst that helps Christians learn the Word of God through college-level courses that anyone can take online.
- The Love God Hates (christianresearchnetwork.org)
- Is It Slander or Is It Discernment? (christianresearchnetwork.org)
- Simpler than that (standupforthetruth.com)
- “Love is all you need,” but is it enough anymore? (standupforthetruth.com)
- Not in my church (standupforthetruth.com)
- A former Mason shares his testimony (standupforthetruth.com)