I think that it is safe to say that we live in a weak culture. What I mean by weak culture is very simple; one cannot speak up against anything in our culture without being condemned and labeled as someone that is spewing hate or discrimination. Because of this, very few will confront anyone with any issues as most are afraid of confrontation. Not only are they afraid of confrontation, confrontation has been ruled out in our weak culture and deemed as a hate crime. We can no longer say this is wrong or that is wrong because we are being discriminating, and with this being the case we must let grown men go into women’s bathrooms with little girls, lest we be guilty of discriminating against them if we say that can’t. This is truly absurd.
So that’s the culture. The culture is weak. The culture says that you cannot say no. Thus, with this type of weak culture, there is no ground floor to the immorality that awaits. There can be no crime, there can be no laws, there can be no code of morality, because our culture is weak and to say otherwise would be discriminating to who someone truly is and what they believe.
But, if we are not careful, our culture will infiltrate the church. What I would actually submit to you is that the culture has infiltrated the church. We have weak churches. Our churches have become nothing more than an extension of the culture. We do not want to preach sermons that harp on sin too much because people will get upset or it will hurt their feelings. We do not want to hold people to personal holiness as Scripture calls us to because we do not want to hurt their feelings or say that they are wrong in one aspect or another. Church discipline has become a foreign concept within God’s Church because we want to avoid confrontation at all cost, lest we become guilty of hurting someone’s feelings and driving them away. With this being the case in the majority of American Churches today, we have unconsciously thrown out the Word of God and made it a nice book that we can pick and choose what to believe. For example, when it comes to church discipline, it is as if our churches have looked at those passages and said, “well this is one particular way to do it, but we aren’t going to do it at all.” I am sure that Jesus and Paul were only making suggestions to the church and not actually putting forth a prescription for God’s people to follow…..right?
So Christian what will it be? Will we continue to have churches that are nothing more than quasi-moral reflections of our weak culture, or will be cease to be weak and do what the Bible says and stand upon God’s Word, holding people to a life of personal holiness, correcting where correction is needed, extending grace where grace is needed, getting back to the church discipline that God laid out within His Word and see Him truly bless His church as His church commits to remain faithful to His Word? We have a lot of people on church rolls that go to hell everyday, in large part because the church has failed to do what the Lord has called the church to do. Should we tell them? Or should we just let them burn? Weakness would say, well we do not want them to get upset. Scripture would affirm what Charles Spurgeon would say, “If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.”