Today's evangelical churches are weak, ineffective, worldlly and compromising...why? I have found the answer in a book written by Dr. James Boice entitled "Whatever happened to the Gospel of Grace: Rediscovering the Doctrines that shook the World".
We have strayed from biblical beliefs birthed out of the Reformation, the five solas are no longer relevant. As Dr. Boice states on page 32 of his book, “Without these five confessional statements —scripture alone, Christ alone, grace alone, faith alone, and glory to God alone—we do not have a true church, and certainly not one that will survive for very long”. How many rest entirely on the word of God as authoritative, powerful, infallible?
Evangelical churches have adopted the world's theology, which includes believing that everybody is essentially good, no one is really lost, and believing in Jesus is not necessary for anyone's salvation. We follow a worldly agenda, focusing on world hunger, saving the earth, battling racism, taking back this nation by electing 'Christians' into public office, etc. As Dr. Boice states on page 27 of his book, "Was America ever really a Christian nation? Was any nation ever really Christian? Does law produce morality? What about Augustine's doctrine of the two cities, the city of man and the city of God, which meant so much to the Reformers? Will any country ever be anything other than man's city? And what about America's soul? Is there really an American soul to be redeemed or fought over?"
This should not be the focus of the church of Jesus Christ because the greatest need of man is not earthly temporal needs, it is the salvation of the soul. The only remedy for that is the preaching of the true Gospel, the question is, how many know what the Gospel is? We must NOT add to the word of God or use manipulative methods to coerce dead sinners to life; if we do, we will only produce dead goats. The theology of many who profess Christ is an inch deep because the Bible simply isn't studied anymore. The gospel presented in most Evangelical churches today is powerless and changes no one, God will not bless an accursed gospel. The sad reality is that many are dying and entering into a Christless eternity because they believed in an accursed gospel, a painful example of this just took place in my area. Three young men were in a fatal car accident, two were killed instantly. The one young man was so intoxicated before the accident he had to be carried to the car. A tribute left to this man stated they knew he was in heaven because he knew Christ as his savior. This same young man had many pictures posted on facebook where he posed repeatedly with a can of beer in his hand, he had a reputation for partying; the bible calls it drunkenness. Yet, shallow biblical knowledge and an accursed gospel may very well have been the downfall of this man. Then there's the widely popular 'you don't know my heart' theology. What comes out of the heart? Matthew 15:19 answers that question. The heart in biblical terms is not a blood pumping organ, it is the center of our being; our thoughts, feelings, emotions, understanding, our minds. The mind that has been regenerated by God's supernatural power understands sin and flees from it. The evidence is in the way one lives, acts, thinks; a holy life is a changed life.
The gospel presented today does not turn the world upside down, it is empty, powerless and fruitless because it is not of God. In 'Whatever happened to the Gospel of Grace' Dr. Boice states "Evangelical Churches today are increasingly dominated by the spirit of this age rather than by the Spirit of Christ. As evangelicals, we call ourselves to repent of this sin and to recover the historic Christian faith. For all, it will mean a new reliance on the power of the Holy Spirit to work through the preaching and teaching of God's word, rather than a frantic search for some tantalizing new methodology to persuade unbelievers to attend and join our churches. Can we that power again in our day? We can, but only if we hold to the full-orbed Reformation gospel and do not compromise with the culture around us, as we have been doing. If we hold to these doctrines, our churches and those we influence will grow stronger, while other churches go the way of the liberals before us, not vanishing entirely but becoming increasingly insignificant as an effective religious force."
There is work to be done, and it starts with getting back to the five solas...scripture alone, Christ alone, grace alone, faith alone, and glory to God alone, let us 'Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. ' It is time to once again turn the world upside down...
"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan