“Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division; for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
I work for a Christian non-profit organization. Their influence is broad and their name is household, and it is evident that the Christian identity has been lost in perception even though the president of the company has written two books on our identity and calling. That being said, I work with volunteers. I present the mission of the organization twice a day with up to one hundred people at a time – and as part of the orientation I share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I have had multiple people become offended – one even calling me out to stop speaking mid-orientation. This is not surprising as most of our volunteers are from secular organizations and represent a wide range of world views and religions. And we are taught clearly in Scripture that the Gospel is a stone of offense (Rom 9.33, 1 Peter 2.8), a stumbling block to some and foolishness to others (1 Cor 1.23, Gal 5.11). They are, however, clearly volunteering for a Christian organization. What else would you expect than to hear what we believe?
This week, however, a completely new situation presented itself. I had a church group from out of town come to volunteer. I share the Gospel with all, regardless of background, because even if the group is composed fully of believers, we all need to preach the Gospel to ourselves daily! It was reported to me later, however, that this church was offended that I shared the story of Jesus.
This church was offended that I shared the story of Jesus.
And they were not offended because they considered themselves to have arrived or be established in their faith, but because I would present the story of Jesus as the means to salvation. As though there were another way? Because the story of Jesus, in-and-of itself, is offensive and they don’t preach it, nor want it preached.
I am convinced that the greatest tactic of the enemy is false Christianity. To convince people that their sins are forgiven and they have not yet been redeemed. To lead people into easy-belief-ism, thinking that we can obtain “fire insurance” from Hell when we have never repented or surrendered our lives to the Lordship and leadership of Jesus Christ. Or worse yet, to convince people that since God is love, he overlooks sin and all paths lead to salvation. Please read “The Screwtape Letters” if you never have. False prophets come in sheep’s clothing (Matt 7.15)! That means that they look like Christians but are not. They will lead many astray through signs and wonders and half truths (Matt 24.11, 24). They will lead people to heresies and destruction (2 Peter 2.1).
All of this to say: Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. No one receives eternal life except through Him (John 14.6). It’s pretty straightforward. If your church is offended by that, find another church. If you are offended by that, examine your faith. Test the Scriptures (Matt 22.29). Test the spirits (1 John 4.1). And test yourself (2 Cor 13.5).