Lately I have been writing about men who stand behind the pulpit teaching false things. The Bible talks about the rise of false prophets, lukewarm, powerless churches and people with itchy ears who will only hear the smooth talking charismatic orators and dismiss sound doctrine if they don’t like it.
Whatever happened to Bible studies where everyone brought their Bible and studied it? Now, we are asked to go and buy books like: The Prayer of Jabez or one of Joyce Meyers’ books. We study books written by people with their own belief system. Doesn’t that make us followers of men?
I remember sitting in a small cell group and praying the same prayer that Jabez prayed. We prayed it over and over for a number of weeks. Nothing happened. Maybe it was because this was Jabez’s personal prayer. And maybe it was because we took our focus off of God and put our faith on a little prayer that a man had prayed thousands of years ago.
Andy Stanley, (son of Baptist preacher, Charles Stanley) who pastors a non denominational megachurch with over 30,000 people in attendance, doesn’t seem to believe in Bible study. He has said that those who teach verse by verse are “cheaters”. What in the world does that mean? Stanley’s aim is to reach the unchurched. Mainly the educated millennials. This sounds admirable, but his method doesn’t. He claims the Bible is too hard to defend and is just a collection of ancient documents. That stories like Adam and Eve are believable not because the Bible says so, but because Jesus mentioned them. In other words, if you’re going to teach millennials, you better have proof. Don’t preach on Noah and the flood. It isn’t enough anymore to say: “the Bible says so.” Stanley also claims that because there are so many problems with the Bible, it no longer works to preach from it in the traditional way. That times have changed and a new method is needed to reach a secular world, Well, guess what? The world has always been secular. It’s the devil’s playground. Yet these self proclaimed preachers do not seem to understand that you can’t reach a spiritually lost world by using methods that comes from the world. It’s like using the tenants of Catholicism to prove that Catholicism is true. Can’t be done that way. Worldly minded preachers can only beget worldly followers. Not spiritually born again ones.
“The natural man does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God. For they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)
The problem with many millenials is that they don’t want a God who punishes. They want Oprah’s god: all love and sweetness and it’s OK to do anything you want, you’ll still go to heaven. They won’t believe in a worldwide flood unless science can prove it actually happened. They’re too worldly educated to believe some of the events in the Old Testament. Unless they have proof, they simply won’t believe. This has given rise to theological liberalism. To liberal pastors and liberal churches, and we wonder why a lot of folks stay home on Sunday. These churches are spiritually dead and so are many of its pastors.
Why do millenials need a different way of teaching where the Bible plays second fiddle? Because they have doubts? Don’t we all start out questioning God’s existence or the Scriptures? The majority of Christians were once unbelievers. What I see happening is that we are catering to millenials instead of acknowledging the power of the word of God and using it to reach them for Christ.
Since God never changes and neither does His word, why are many modern day preachers resorting to a different way? Because of their own lack of faith, they see the Bible as a distraction and not really relevant today. Millenials don’t want to listen to the preachers of their parents. They will never be convinced that they need God and that His word is true unless they are convicted of their own sinfulness. How dare we tell them they are sinners in need of a Savior!
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:1-4:5)