“Jesus’ teaching consistently attracted the irreligious while offending the Bible-believing, religious people of His day.
However, in the main, our churches today do not have this effect.
The kind of outsiders Jesus attracted do not bother coming to our churches, even our most avant-garde ones. We tend to draw buttoned-down, moralistic people. The licentious and liberated or the broken and marginal avoid church.
That can only mean one thing.
If the preaching of our ministers and the practice of our parishioners do not have the same effect on people that Jesus had, then we must not be declaring the same message that Jesus did.”
– Dr. Tim Keller
As I pick myself up from the floor after that slap…. I completely agree with Dr. Keller.
I think that we as the church are too scared of people. We try to toe the line of pleasing Jesus and pleasing people.
But here is a news flash… we cant do both. It is impossible. You pick one or the other. We cannot preach and do church to please people. Galatians 1:10!
Maybe if we as the church were more focused on pleasing Jesus rather than pleasing people we would be changing more lives… maybe… just maybe…
Live, serve, love, preach… like Jesus.