The question has been raised regarding my last post, whether or not I am arguing that seeker-sensitive churches are producing false Christians. Should we assume that a person who came to Christ in a seeker-sensitive church is NOT a true believer?
Here is what I AM saying...
IF a person attends a church that doesn't properly teach God's Law AND Gospel but rather makes its evangelistic appeals by never discussing sin but instead says that Jesus will make a person's life more satisfying (infomercial gospel), THEN that person does not know that they are a sinner who will face God's judment and that Christ died for their sins and they need to repent and trust in Christ. That being the case, even if that person identifies themselves as a Christian, they have NOT truly been converted to the Christian faith.
The chart below will help demonstrate what I am saying. (Click on the chart to make it bigger)
If the reason that you associate yourself with Jesus is so that you can learn Biblical principles that will make your life more satisfying such as having a better career, less stress, better finances, and a better sex life then you've come to the WRONG JESUS and you are believing a Myth. (The Biblical Jesus hasn't promised you any of those things). What is missing in far too many seeker-sensitive churches is the message of the cross, Christ's atonement for sins, God's just judgement against your evil and wicked behavior, repentance and trust in the promises of scripture regarding God's mercy and forgiveness of sins won on the cross by Christ.
If there is no mention of sins, repentance and Christ Crucified for Sinners then the Biblical Gospel has not been preached (a false gospel has taken its place) and there are ZERO people truly being converted to the True Faith, regardless of how many thousands of people are filling the building.
Mark 1:15 (Jesus Said) "repent and believe in the gospel"
Luke 24:46 “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
1Cor. 15:1-4 Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures..."