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Relevance – Revisited

December 9, 2008

I wrote this several months ago… BB (Before Blog) and BCD (Before Church Departure – see this and this), but I thought that I would post it anyway…



1. Pertinence to the matter at hand.

2. Applicability to social issues: a governmental policy lacking relevance.

The buzzword within many churches today is “Relevance”.

I have grown to hate that word. To me it has come to represent churches that are more focused on providing entertainment than providing the true gospel. The gospel is ALWAYS relevant.

Has the movement towards relevance caused many churches to “sell out”?

Cultural Relevance should never change the Gospel or focus on bringing the world to the world, yet too often “relevant” churches are afraid to mention the word “sin” and are too concentrated upon drawing from the world to reach the world (i.e. using U2 for communion, making sure that all sermons reference a movie or TV show)

Biblical Truth vs Cultural Relevance

If our purpose is to bring the truth of Christ to the unsaved, then our first focus must be on TRUTH. We also must realize that it is not us saving man, but the Holy Spirit working through us. I have seen men in three piece suits lead hardcore ghetto kids to Christ. I have seen tattooed 20-somethings lead little old ladies to Christ.

Romans 1:16 says “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes”

I have heard some say that “sinners won’t be reached” if the church service isn’t “relevant enough”. These are the same people who won’t preach about sin. But if we don’t preach about sin, how can people know that they need to be saved? If we tell them that they are fine the way they are, how will they recognize that the ache inside them is the need for a savior? How does giving them what they already (the world) satisfy the need for what they don’t have (God)?

It doesn’t!

In order for people to turn to Christ, they need to be shown the story of Christ. In order for people to recognize the need for a savior, they must understand the difference between a perfect God and imperfect mankind.

If we change or water down the Bible in the name of “reaching people” we are doing them a vast disservice.

Don’t ever tell me that we have to change the Bible to save souls. That is a lie from our enemy designed to further destroy souls.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. screamofcontinuousness permalink
    December 10, 2008 2:38 pm

    AMEN. well put too. You are not only right, you wrote it well.

  2. Snickelfritz permalink
    December 10, 2008 4:02 pm

    You pretty much can’t visit a church’s web site anymore without them trying to tell you how relevant they are, too.

    Perhaps they don’t mean that they’re watering down the gospel in order to bring the world to the world, maybe they’re just well-meaning and trying to do their best in an age where entertainment is king. But it’s really hard not to immediately jump to that conclusion.

    There are tons of websites out there about how church marketing “sucks” and I understand the need to make people feel welcome and not think the walls are going to cave in on them, but you can’t eliminate the whole purpose (no pun intended) of why we do it.

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