Being Salt To A Sinful Planet?

Friends,
It is the sick people of this sick world that are dragging it down to levels of utter filth, but it is the church itself that is really doing even more damage. Why do I say this? Because if those who say they have the answer really do not have the answer, then the wretched, already-hopeless inhabitants of this fallen planet truly have much to be forlorn about as they ask for answers, but receive “chaff in the wind.”

Where is the hope when so many in the church –themselves unbelieving, unfaithful, lukewarm, and impotent– say, “Love Jesus. He heals.” Or “God loves you.” Or “Try Jesus.” Or “God has a purpose for your life.” …? It all means very little; and such statements coming from worldly, indulgent, sinning “Christians” really just confuse others… and even turns their stomachs (–as it should.)

The Lord doesn’t need or want unholy people extending the Gospel to others. For one thing, it will most likely be a tainted gospel, and even if it is not, the real Gospel will only fall flat in the mouth of one who doesn’t practice what he preaches. Besides, even Satan can give out a gospel that looks so much like the real that it cleverly deceives masses and does worse damage than a blatantly false gospel.

In giving power to proclaim the Gospel, the Holy Spirit can use any vessel… cracked, bent, small, ugly, simple, or handicapped. But one He refrains from filling, helping, and using is a pot that is unholy.

Jesus addresses believers in Matt. 5:13, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” Salt flavors, it heals, it irritates, it stings, and it keeps food from rotting. So… tell me, would you say that the church is being salt to the earth?

Hardly.

But can you join in the effort to change this? Can you stop your worldliness, repent of your unholiness, get in God’s Word, and boldly proclaim Christ?

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on November 27, 2009.

 
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