In the July 19 issue of the Mississippi United Methodist Advocate, Glenn Martin again spoke volumes on the plight of the Methodist Movement. We have made our churches a “casual matter, a routine, a ritual that doesn’t take long or cost much” he wrote. I say amen to that, but there is so much more.
We have made our inclusiveness so important that we are creating a much larger exclusiveness. We care far more about the few who scream we must love everyone, be tolerant no matter what and then forget to bring them to Christ. We reach out to all, fail to convert them and instead include all and water down our faith.
Yes, we must reach the lost. Yes, we must feed the hungry. We must care for those of us who are in need, but we must not forget they need Christ first and foremost.
Our basic foundation of faith must not change to fit our society. Our lost society must change to fit our basic foundation of faith. There is one God. Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He died on a cross. He arose from the dead according to the scripture and He now is at the right hand of the Father (yes, I said Father) and He will come again. Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
If we return to and preach those truths, our United Methodist numbers will stop falling. Do we as a church have the courage to do this? Time will tell. Thank God for men like Glenn Martin.