July 10, 2008

The Trumpet Is Sounding But No One Is Alarmed

A year and a half ago, I began attending Times Square Church in New York City and my visit that day in December was to find out if this church be a place for me to call home since I was seeking the Lord about leaving the church I had been part of for nearly five years.

Pastor Carter Conlon's sermon was titled, "Believing the Whispers of God" (December 10, 2006) and it was a message I believe the Lord was speaking directly to me, with regard to my situation. The Word spoken that day acknowledged that I had found a new home church without a doubt.

Since Times Square Church was founded in 1987 by Pastor David Wilkerson, there has never been a compromise to preach the Gospel so that people would not be offended. In my eighteen months attending TSC, I have not heard a single word of Scripture compromised, for the sake of not offending the people in the congregation. They are "not ashamed of the gospel" as the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Rome (Romans 1:16).

Yet, there exists today, a compromised society and even a compromised church.

Society has begun to call that which is evil, good and that which is good, evil (Isaiah 5:20). Homosexuals who want to marry one another and those who support it say that this is good yet is a compromise to the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman, wild sexual immorality among teenagers and young adults is greatly in excess, corporate greed and financial abuse is popular news where profits mean more to CEOs and shareholders while eliminating the jobs of hard working and dedicated employees with the stroke of pen, political and governmental corruption with prostitutes...should I go on?

And within the church there is a compromise of the Word of God.

In a sermon titled, "The Trumpet Is Sounding But No One Is Alarmed" Pastor David asks the question, "Does your pastor not preach a sin-exposing word? Is there no godly reproof, no call to repentance, no warning to forsake sin?"

In many of the seeker-friendly, emerging or purpose driven type churches there is none of that. No preaching about sin, no godly reproof, no call to repentance, nor a warning to abandon sinful habits in ones life.

A habit of fasting and prayer is probably minimal in the lives of these pastors and the congregation too. How can one draw intimately toward God by ignoring such an important and vital habit in the life of a Christian? They shouldn't, but they do. When was the last time you fasted for an entire day, three days, or a week?

I finished reading one of Pastor David's sermons from 2002 titled, "The Trumpet Is Sounding But No One Is Alarmed" and this is yet another message that is as relevant today as it was almost six years ago, when it was first delivered to the congregation at Times Square Church.

Wilkerson (2002) said, "There is a divine law echoed throughout Scripture. It says, in essence, "The greater the measure of grace poured upon a people, the greater the judgment will fall on that people, if God's grace is despised." If a people have been given much truth, they're more responsible. And if they corrupt that truth, their judgment will be doubled."

It is evident today that society and the church are corrupting truth and the judgment will be doubled, unless repentance occurs.

Click the title to read the sermon in full, "The Trumpet Is Sounding But No One Is Alarmed."

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Amen! We have a responsibility to live without compromise. Our lives as Born Again Christians should reflect our rebirth.

Thanks Kurt for sharing your heart!