“People do not go to church to worship God anymore but to worship themselves. They go to church for an experience.”
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“It may not be conscious or explicit. It may not be overt. But when followers of Jesus decide to avoid controversial issues, adopting the mentality of, “I won’t bother you if you don’t bother me,” they are making a deal with thedevil. They are compromising with darkness. Let the truth be told.
Three-thousand years ago, an ungodly queen named Jezebel declared war on God’s prophets, slaughtering many of them until they were reduced to hiding in caves. They lived together — in caves! — for months at a time in order to escape Jezebel’s wrath.
I encourage every fellow-leader and every fellow-believer to take a moment to ask yourself if you have made a deal with the devil. If so, it’s high time to break that agreement.
But there are times to speak. And there are times to act.
At such times Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s words ring true: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
It starts with asking God to forgive you for cowardice and compromise (which He will!). Then we look to Him for help and grace and boldness and wisdom and compassion, putting on the full armor of God (see Ephesians 6:10-19). Then, when it’s time to speak and stand, be it in the workplace or the home, be it on social media or behind the pulpit, we stand.”
Failure to speak against evil and passivity–WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY? And what did Dietrich Bonhoeffer say?
“If, say, you are a preacher, you wish to attract as large a congregation as you can, which means an appeal to the masses; and…adapting the terms of your message to the order of intellect and character that the masses exhibit.”
“Everyone with a message nowadays is…eager to take it to the masses…and the only thought is mass acceptance and approval…to put his doctrine in such shape as will capture the masses’ attention and approval…”
“Meanwhile, the Remnant, aware of this adulteration…turn their backs on the prophet [of the masses] and will have nothing to do with him or his message.”
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Bonhoeffer belonged to a faction…he no longer shared and a church whose preaching he found stultifying and dull–and a pervasive loneliness overtook him