I was recently interviewed by Scott Oakland at Reformed Cast about my book 10 Sacred Cows in Christianity That Need to Be Tipped. I ended up discussing several issues that I see in the SBC:
1. “Entertaining Sermons”: Some preachers pursue entertaining their hearers while preaching since we live in an entertainment-centered culture. Biblically speaking, however, the word of God should keep the attention of God’s people because it’s God-breathed (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Where the Bible speaks, God speaks.
2. “Anything for Souls”: Several churches bribe their hearers to attend worship so people will hear the gospel, but such practices undercut the value of the gospel. These practices are antithetical to repentance of sin and faith in Christ for reconciliation to God.
3. “Numbers Equal Revival”: There’s a temptation to believe that if our churches are growing then we’re experiencing revival. Yet, I believe the New Testament church was “revived” even when sinners were killing Christians, even when their numbers were decreasing. Faithfulness to God is the goal. If we’re not being obedient to God’s word, we’re not experiencing revival regardless how much our numbers are increasing.
4. “Experience-Centered Worship”: There’s a me-centered aspect in Christian worship today that is reinforced by pastors and worship leaders selling a “worship experience.” Yet, God should be the foundation, point, and goal of worship, not our experience.
5. “Nostalgia”: Christians often worship worship instead of worshiping God. Yet, God is worthy of worship when we feel like worshiping Him and when we don’t. We should come together and proclaim the truth and teach one another by singing together in corporate worship when we feel like it and when we don’t. God is always worthy of worship.
6. “Relevant Sermons”: There’s an emphasis today on pastors “making the Bible relevant.” Yet, if the Bible is God-breathed, God’s revelation of Himself to mankind, then His word is always relevant. The preacher’s job and the teacher’s job is to help his or her hearers see how relevant the Bible is.
7. “Relativistic Interpretation”: In Bible studies in the local church and in small group studies, there is this mentality of acceptance of virtually all interpretations of Scripture. The problem, however, is that if all interpretations are valid, then no interpretation is absolutely true. We must return to telling one another, “I appreciate your thoughts, but you’re wrong, and here’s why.”
8. “An Easy Life”: In children and youth ministries and in Christian parenting, we want children to attend worship, but we don’t care too much about why they want to attend. We basically bribe children with candy, prizes, games, etc. to memorize Scripture and attend worship when we should be presenting God as the goal. Prizes won’t produce multi-generational Christianity, but God will. He is the One we know intimately, and our children actually have the highest privilege of humanity–they can know God intimately as His children through the finished work of His Son Jesus Christ.
9. “Tolerant Love”: One of the most glaring sins in Southern Baptist Churches is the lack of Biblical discipline. We have redefined God’s love and loving one’s neighbor to include “tolerance of unrepentant public sin” in spite of the clear commands of Scripture.
10. “Successful Ministry”: Many pastors are discouraged in the SBC due to arbitrary unbiblical quotas encouraged by others and their own “worldly definition of success.” I want to free pastors to pursue faithfulness to God’s word and to seek to please God as they depend on the blood of Christ alone to justify them.
This interview is about an hour long. You can click “play” below and listen to it here.
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I would love hear your thoughts about this interview.