In a recent interview (for full interview: http://www.theresurgence.com/from_kissing_dating_and_lust_to_the_sovereign_god) Pastor Joshua Harris was asked what he feels the biggest issue facing the world today is. Here is his response. I found it compelling, and more importantly, right on target.

“Maintaining an enduring loyalty to the gospel. Here’s why this is particularly difficult today: First, the idea of transcendent truth is out of step with our culture. Then, within the church, many are losing their grasp on the authority of Scripture, the doctrine of sin, and the centrality of Jesus and his atoning work. The good emphasis on reaching the lost that has shaped the seeker-sensitive movement has fostered an indifference to doctrine in general. People are more drawn to self-help solutions than a message that calls them sinners and displays a glorious Sovereign God who saves by grace alone. And I’ll be the first to say that it’s just plain hard to consistently train members to believe and live in the good of this central truth. It’s so easy to stray into moralism, legalism, or into this or that cause.”

God, helps us hold fast to the Gospel for the sake of our churches and the world.

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