When Does Relevance Make You Irrelevant?


As a pastor of a main line church, one of the challenges is relating to the masses while being true to the gospel.  I have been on both sides of this issue, trying to be flashy and engaging, as well as avoiding everything that might hint at being of the world.  Below is an article that I came across that was posted by the NCFIC on their website.  I do not know the author or the group that wrote the article, but I appreciate the warning.  Read the article and let me know what you think: Evangelicalism’s Addiction to Novelty.

4 Responses to “When Does Relevance Make You Irrelevant?”

  1. Lisa says on :

    Thank you for the referral to read the article. I do agree that many in ministry try to be “cool” and “hip” to draw people in and I do not necessarily agree with that approach. I truly believe that we are in the world, but not of it, and in our homeschool and in our life, I try to convey that message to our children.

    I am reminded of several quotes. One of them goes something like this, “What is true is true, regardless of how many or how few subscribe to it. Our duty is to adhere to truth, even if that means being odd man out.”–Paul Claudel or “Stand up for what is right, even if you’re standing alone.”–unknown

    I guess it is a fine line for those of you who are blessed with the calling of being in ministry. You want people to feel welcome and comfortable with God’s Word and in His house, but you also want them to be able to differentiate between the earthly things and those of God’s kingdom.

    I keep all those in ministry in my prayers every day!

  2. Sean says on :


    Thank you for your prayers. Speaking for myself, I need them. It is always tempting to please people and do what they want, to make them feel comfortable, and in theory there is nothing wrong with that. The challenge is knowing when you are compromising the truth. Jesus tells us in John 15 that His Father’s word is truth. We need to be tethered to His word, as a friend of mine put it. I strive to be tethered in all that I do to His word. Thanks for your encouragement and your prayers.

  3. The Carrolls says on :

    when we read the gospels, we find that Jesus often used examples from people’s daily lives and their cultural customs to help them understand what God and his kingdom are like. just think of the his parables. he talks about wedding customs, banquets, farming and gardening, fishing, and more. the danger is when we start using Jesus example as an excuse to “love the world” as described in 1 John 2. maybe the answer is to be a careful observer of the things that the people we share the gospel with are doing but not to be a partaker. i certainly don’t know the right answer to this one. its tricky most of all because our hearts are deceitful above all else (Jer 17:9). when in doubt just keep on preaching the word as they say in that post!

  4. Anita says on :

    Anita says: unfortunately the usual mundane are brought into the Christian churches these days, is the dress, speech, ways of thinking and so on., As evangelical Christians we are, we must preach and preach the word of God faithfully as written not changed for worldly words, also preach at any time, because the word always comes at an opportune time for someone, perhaps think it is not the right place, but God calls us and we must obey. Otherwise we risk being like the world, that anything it suits them, the Lord deserves all the respect and reverence. high price paid by our savior Jesus Christ, to die for us in bloody cross to forgive us and give us eternal life, let’s not such a sacrifice ground. In Revelation says that is holy let him be holy more, as we shall sanctify more, if we ignore biblical teachings? We are a separate people, chosen by God to proclaim His truth. Receive blessings from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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