Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Trick or Treat: Men at/or not at Worship.

Our church plant Redeemer Baptist is reaching out to the unchurched people of Hall County with a special interest in unchurched men.
In perspective I am 50 years old. I quickly listed seventy five names of unchurched people ten years older and ten years younger than myself. The practical reasons are divorce, job hours, just relocated etc. Their is a need here for these men, women and families who are not in worship to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and to worship him.
I have a read a book recently Why Men Hate Going To Church.
The book gives reasons like church is not relevant, the church is geared to women by thermostat and format since women dominate church life and attendance in most American churches. The book says though 95% of the churches have male clergy the churches are mostly dominated by women so. The books general conclusion is to do things for men to make church palatable or a nicer more acceptable choice.

This takes me to a place where I am. At WAR.

I am at war because this world has deceived our men women and children.
At war with society,friends and family and others I love, who scripture does not tell us are not there [in worship] because we do not have motorcycle rallies, i-phone giveaways or wild game suppers. I am at war because the lie and sting of sin in all of our lives have been diluted by the world and the only saving gospel of Jesus Christ has been kept from people.
The often church and myself have foolishly linked being in church with being in a right relationship with God.
Get this straight if you are in a right relationship with God trough the redemptive work of Jesus Christ as He atoned for you to be made right with God by His murder on the cross-No One could keep you from worship-BUT YOU!
The question I have to ask people I love, who see the one who gives Christian witness as the enemy is -ARE YOU AN ENEMY OF GOD?
What?
Hey we are only human. We work hard, we are busy, we are tired and we are only human right?
Right and that is the problem. We are enemies of God because we have taken HIS place of importance. If you read this and do not think this applies to you YOU ARE IN ETERNAL DANGER.
John Wesley to the early Methodists asked them in the 1700's "Do you desire to flee the wrath to come?" Jesus taught of the dangers of hell more than anybody in the Bible. Friends the wrath is not about not being a bad person in our society. The wrath of God will be poured out on those not in relationship by the work only Jesus Christ could do at the cross.
The wrath is the wrath of God poured out on unredeemed humanity as God gives the most severe punishment to all unrighteousness humans. That is all unredeemed people. Arrogant in the eyes of God.
The prophet Isaiah says in Isaiah 64:7 "But we are like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away." Our good deeds are seen as filthy rags before the Lord. My friends that's the bad news. Arrogant people do not worship because they do not see the need to. What sin ? , I'm a good person at heart is their response.
They often ask the stupidest question ever when they say things like "I can not believe that a how a loving God would send any one to Hell.? Scripture descries God as loving but also as jealous and a consuming fire. You can not meet His standards and he can not lesson his righteousness and tolerate sin. He is Sovereign and can not diminish the only goodness in existence.
HERE'S THE GOOD NEWS
Jesus Christ the Babe of Christmas took our punishment and God placed his righteousness on us by having the wrath of humanity poured out on Him instead of God's people. Our salvation It is undeserved but given by grace for no reason than God's gracious pleasure.

Romans 5: 6-10 [NKJV] For when we were still without strength in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely will a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man some-one would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us, Much more then, having now been justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath trough him. For if when we were ENEMIES we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through Him we have now received the reconciliation."
A great price was paid. Christ perfect life for our sins! Men do not "Try Jesus" Give Him your life your worship. You are an enemy with God if you do not worship Him for salvation. When enemies of God hear the first commandment "To have no other gods before Me." They have placed yourself on the throne as the deity in your life and you are in rebellion as much as the worst terrorist on earth!
Every Sunday we worship at Redeemer we will read a part of the Law that we are told to meditate on day and night in scripture, We will better know the character of Christ and the love of Christ who would save a wretch like me.
I love all my friends and family and care for readers who I do not know to not share the gospel that through Jesus Christ life death and Resurrection that you yes you will be ransomed, pardoned and eventually made whole by the King of Creation.
I love you to much not to present and confess that and I beg your forgiveness if I have failed to share the good news with you.
I love you too much to not present the gospel to you. The way of the world is death.
Worshiping the King is life. You now the other way. Live life, pray to the Father, repent of your sins, turn to Jesus for mercy, He will hear your humbled heart. Be born again. He is worthy of worship and made Himself so.
Men do not be tricked.

In Christ Alone!

Fletcher

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