Yet my first responsibility is to the Lord, not to people. Not even to a local church. He has ultimate claims on my life, even when He calls me to go against the tide. To put it more accurately, He calls me to stand firm when the tide goes against His Word.
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. ~~Galatians 1:10 (ESV)
Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I struggle to sustain a stand on controversial issues. I'll write a few bold posts, and then I'll want to smooth things by writing something a little more neutral. Although variety is important, I admit to hiding behind some of my lighter posts in order to appease people...to reconstruct my image so people will think of me in favorable terms. And, when my lighter posts arise from such selfish motives, I must acknowledge my unfaithfulness to the Lord.
Lately, I've been learning more about the Church Growth Movement, as well as seeing first-hand some of the ways this movement erodes biblical preaching and worship. For months (especially this past month), this topic has weighed heavily on my mind, but a prudent assessment of my circumstances directed me to hold back. In fact, it still appears necessary to use caution as I broach this topic. But make no mistake: I will address it in coming posts, and it won't be comfortable. Please pray that the Lord will give me courage to go against the tide.