Take a seat my friend, grab a cup of coffee and lets talk about theology. Stay with me now, I’ve got something to say that you might want to stick around for.
Theology. What is theology? Simply put, theology is the study of God in scripture, history and in nature. Theology is not a religion. It’s a study that helps us (try to) understand God. I like how R.C. Sproul stated “Perhaps, no doctrine has greater bearing on all other doctrines than the doctrine of God.” The better we try to understand the nature and character of God, the better we can understand the nature and character of man.
America: Land of the free, because of the brave. No other nation per capita has more people that claim to be Christian than any other country. It almost seems as if the religion of the Ancient of Days started here in America.
In recent years we have seen a generation that is hungry for God, a revolution of hipster millennial Christians show up to church with ripped up jeans, coffee in hand from a local coffee shop ready to hear the latest worship songs from Bethel Music and Hillsong. The Christian church has never seen a more passionate generation of worship for God.
But wait, there is a catch. The same worship hungry church goers seek a conditional God to an easily offended generation. We live in a generation that is emotionally weak, and everything is watered down including the truth because they’re so easily offended.
In order for churches to attract these young hipsters they tend to compromise on their theology and doctrine, careful not to offend them but simply want to lead them to Christ. Some churches are wanting to attract millennials by watering down the gospel and allowing them to seek a conditional God and is accepting of sin. While we are encouraged to come as you are, churches are failing to teach of regenerated heart and never addressing sin. A millennial focused church seems more interested in making converts and in growing numbers to Christianity instead of making disciples totally committed to Jesus Christ.
So where do we go from here? How do we correct this epidemic of misleading millennials in false doctrine of Christianity?
First we should heed warnings from Revelation 2-3 and what it tells us when it comes to compromise when it comes to Jesus. In the letters to the 7 churches Jesus warns of the different actions in which they are lacking. He who has an ear, listen to what the Spirit says to the churches (Rev 2:7a NASB).
Much like the message of Sardis this generation is very much alive for Christ, but yet at the same is dead. This generation needs to wake up and strengthen the things that remain (Rev 3:2).
Then in the message to the church of Laodicea, that they are neither cold nor hot but lukewarm and that He wants to spit them out of his mouth (Rev 3:15).
This generation and all Christians for that matter should listen to the warnings to the churches of Sardis and Laodicea. We are alive in Christ but cannot decide if we want to live for him because we are too caught up in the world and want to hold onto sin (preaching to the choir here).
While I am not pointing fingers entirely at the Millennial generation, its to myself and the whole Christian nation of America. We as Christians need to remember that we are to conform to the image of Christ and not of this world and leave no room for compromise.
The end is near and Jesus is coming soon and very soon. We do not have time for self-centered Christianity. We need to stop worshiping a conditional God and turn our eyes upon the unconditional saving grace of Jesus Christ. We need to stop trying to fix Christianity to conform to our needs but conform to the teachings of Christ.
We need to stop compromising our theology and doctrine to please people just because they are offended by the truth