The ambitious presumption of what God wants, can lead to ruin in every corner of our lives and eventually our faith. There have been good churches, which are growing and doing fine, they invest in the community outside the church, as well as the members of the congregation. However we cut it, one thing must be foremost in the mind of everyone; doing the will of God not the will of man as it is in my own understanding. At one point in time, it was godly ambition that moved the church forward, and it was a time when being a Christian was popular. Now it is no longer popular, and political correctness has gone to the forefront of social popularity.
Churches have slowly moved from what is righteous in the eye of God, to what is acceptable in the eye of the social environment. The enticement of growing larger churches has set in action a tidal wave of user friendly churches to meet the demand of the prospective new member or family. The way many “old fashioned” church leaders view “user friendly” is the Holy Spirit as the user, and we are the servants.
The church, misleadingly, invokes God’s leadership but uses ambitious presumption in believing their direction is the will of God. The “user friendly” churches that are growing by leaps and bounds, are the ones who offer programs which meet the needs of the family and individuals while participating in activities within the facility, and how to access the programs or service provided by the church, without diminishing or compromising God’s message.
Churches that are holding fast to what they may think God wants them to be doing, however, need to revisit scripture, which tells them the will of God for the church and His priorities such as the great commission, and attending to the poor (widows and orphans), following the Lord Jesus in building up the kingdom. The idea of allowing the social environment to mandate change in the church and its message by the name of progress and political correctness is not what the Lord has in mind for the church.
The loudest complaint from the social setting is, “the Christian is intolerant of whatever.” There has not been many good Christian theologians stand up, in the public square, in their faith and tell it like it is. The Christian is not intolerant of the people, or of other faiths, what we are intolerant of is SIN, False Doctrines, and the attempt of those, government and other faiths to intimidate the Christian voice to silence.