A changed community is not the gospel.
The I-Gotta-Get-Myself-Together gospel says: “Clean up the outside before Jesus cleans up the inside.”
Jesus was surrounded by and served toxic people. We’re called to follow Him.
Many people falsely believe their heart will justify them. But the opposite is true.
Tweak the gospel just a bit and you might get a hearing in a lot of congregations. But a tweaked gospel is no gospel at all.
We can be wonderfully hospitable in myriad ways but, sooner or later, people must face up to the full gospel of Jesus Christ.
‘No refuge, no safety in self could I see—Jehovah Tsidkenu my Saviour must be.’
As the trend of church planting has grown exponentially in recent years, I fear that something more sinister has grown alongside it.
People often tell us that the culture clash between middle- and working-class people doesn’t exist. Evidence shows otherwise.
‘Justice for the oppressed.’ Is that the church’s job?