De onderstaande heldere analyse van de subtiele aantasting van de boodschap in de seeker-friendly movement kwam ik tegen.
I once read through a stack of newspaper and magazine articles that highlight a common thread in the user-friendly phenomenon. These observations from newspaper clippings describe the preaching in user-friendly churches:
So the new rules may be summed up like this: Be clever, informal, positive, brief, friendly and never, never use the H-word.
The pastors and leaders in the (user friendly) church-growth movement certainly wouldn't portray thier own ministries in that way. In fact, they would probably laud their succes in drawing people into the church without compromising the message. But they fail tot understand that by decentralizing the Scripture and avoiding hard truths, they are compromising. "For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and the holy angels" (Lucas 9:26). If the design is to make the seeker comfortable, isn't that rather incompatible with the Bible's own emphasis on sin, judgment, hell and several other important topics.
The gospel is a confrontational message. When you remove the confrontation - or soften, downplay, or bring it in through the back door - you have compromised the message. The modern pulpit is weak, not for a lack of witty messages, but because men fear to speak the hard truths of Gods Word powerfully and with conviction.