One thing we lack today or at least what seems to be lacking is expository, Christ-centered preaching. We need to counter this culture that allows for mediocre, passive preaching, and splicing of the Gospel.
We live in a time where Christ and Christ-centered preaching takes a back seat to the topic of the day. Turn on the news, you’ll see it. Go on Facebook, Google, any one of these mediums and it will not take you long to see examples of this. My opinion is that the movement, Coexist is a prime example of this. Still don’t believe me? I came across a page on Facebook, which belongs to the “Christian” magazine/newsletter, Sojourners. However, after just reading the articles, the views, and actually speaking with someone via messenger, it was clear their views did not line up with God’s. Promoting the ordination of homosexual pastors – a view that placates to the “God is love, and we are all God’s children” movement that seems to be sweeping churches, is a clear attack on the actual and accurate preaching of a Christ-centered gospel.
I recently read an article in Charisma magazine called, Here’s How the New Christian Left is Twisting the Gospel, written by Chelsen Vicari that breaks down this movement into three types of Christians: “Couch potato” – silent, saying nothing, especially on the tough topics like abortion, same-sex marriage, etc. “Cafeteria style” – picking and choosing what part of God’s word to live by. Most of the time they like the nice parts of the Gospel. “Convictional” – they mimic Christ by preaching a message of the Gospel, refusing to be quiet, and coming from a place of love and grace. The interesting thing about this is, if you look around today you’ll find more of the first two types of Christians that simply lack a Christ-centered gospel. I believe, “The only thing that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” (Edmund Burke). In this case, all that is necessary is for Christ-centered preaching to be ignored or not preached.
So I ask this – I actually end this with a series of questions for you. Where did we miss it? Was it a subtle attack or did we just not respond fast enough? Are we really lacking Christ-centered, expository preaching? Personally, I’ve heard the cry for my Spurgeons, Tyndales, Luthers, and other highly influential religious figures who dedicated or gave up their lives for their beliefs. I don’t think we need that or do we? I think we need people who are not afraid to be expositors of the word – No matter the cost. I leave you with this quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer from his book, The Cost of Discipleship – I think it fits perfectly to what Christianity is allowing. “Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.”