Thesis 3: Sacrificing truth for trendiness, preaching for a Bible talk, worship for a concert, a pulpit for a perspex podium, pastoral care for psychology, the preaching of Christ for mere talk about Christ, and the Word for wokeness; might fill the church, but it will not fill the kingdom of God.

Explanation: The people of God are not entertainers nor professional showmen. They are weak, not woke. Using our wisdom to reach the world might gain groupies but it won’t grow godliness. Paul knew this: “And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:1–5 ESV) When Paul said he became ‘all things to all people’ – in order that he might save some (1 Cor 9:22) he was not suggesting that he would become ‘of the world’, rather he just remained in it as he genuinely related to all people. Paul was not suggesting that one uses a prostitute in order to reach a prostitute. Yet sadly, this is what many churches today are doing when – under the guise of being relevant – they leave the wisdom of God for the wisdom of the world and essentially prostitute themselves out (via their ways of ‘doing’ church) for temporary success. Where is the hope for the world in a church like that?

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