The Wanderer

As I walked through the wilderness of this world …

Christian ministry and worldly conformity

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Good stuff from Charles Bridges over at The Cripplegate:

The importance of studying urbanity of behavior in our intercourse with the world, is sometimes pleaded as an excuse for avoiding the direct offence of the cross. But let it be remembered, that God never honours a compromising spirit. The character of our profession with the world must not be merely negative. It must be marked by a wise, tender, but unflinching, exhibition of the broad line of demarcation, which, under the most favourable circumstances of mutual accommodation, still separates the world and the church from real communion with each other. (116)

That “broad line of demarcation” that separates the church from the world becomes narrower and narrower and is only blurred by ministry gurus who re-imagine the church as a place where one “belongs before he believes.” A ministry that God honors maintains the biblical distinction between the world and the church which is called out from the world.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Friday 17 February 2012 at 09:39

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  1. This is a great thing to think about. We all wish that line wasn’t there, of course. We want to be like the world! But we musn’t be conformed to the pattern of the world. Some (or should I say many) ministries seem to blur the line, and often it’s those “ministry gurus” that you mention. It’s tough, though! Thanks for pointing to the article, Jeremy,

    Simon

    Saturday 18 February 2012 at 08:43


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