Biblical Christianity

I have been thinking a lot lately about some closing comments I did on Stand Up For the Truth about 4 years ago. I compared our role to a pesky alarm clock that wakes you up at 4am out of a deep sleep, letting you know it is time to wake up and go to work.
None of us likes the sound of that obnoxious 4am wake up call. We would all rather just hit the snooze button in hopes the alarm will just stop sounding and go away. But instead we get up and go about our daily business.
But I think it disingenuous if, while we all hate the sound of the alarm going off, we do not also acknowledge the important role it plays in our lives. Without that alarm clock we would be continually late for work—and facing a boss who expects us in at 6 and is growing increasingly impatient over our tardiness and not doing our jobs. And how many of our employers would simply tolerate consistent tardiness or absence? How long before they would say “Enough is enough” and fire us and find someone who actually shows up for work on time and does his job?
So here goes that pesky 4am alarm one more time—let’s see what we are waking up to today…How about some questions for church leaders and a public service announcement. Pastors:
*Would you invite someone into your church to teach who believes abortion is acceptable to God?
*Would you invite someone into your church to teach who believes homosexuality is acceptable to God?
*Would you invite someone into your church who believed both Jesus and Muhammad were bearers of truth?
*Would you invite someone into your church to teach who believes everyone goes to heaven?
*Would you invite someone into your church who believes Jesus is not the only way to salvation and eternal life?
*Would you invite someone into your church to teach if they proposed a form of “earth worship”?

Would you send a member of your church to another church event who had a speaker who believed these things?
Would you recommend a church who openly partnered with individuals who believes any of the things mentioned?
Would you have fellowship with another church who supported people who believe abortion, homosexuality or universal salvation is backed up by the truth of the Bible?
Which is a better option to teach Christians how to be leaders? Unbelievers or the Bible?

Now that you have had a few minutes to consider your answers, let’s talk Willow Creek Leadership Summit. I have not had the opportunity to research this year’s speakers, but let’s look at some past presenters that were elevated as leaders to emulate:

Rob Bell, who believes homosexuality is acceptable to God and that all people go to heaven;
Rock Singer Bono who believes homosexuality is acceptable to God and that both Jesus and Muhammed speak the truth;
Former President Bill Clinton who promotes abortion and homosexual marriage and was convicted of lying under oath about a sexual relationship with an intern—a crime which he never publicly repented of;
Senator Cory Booker who when he was a Mayor in new Jersey refused to marry men and women until the state granted marriage privileges to homosexuals;
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair who has a world foundation that promotes all religions as equally valid.

These people are held up and esteemed universally as influential leaders—and you are invited to learn what makes them so great and influential.
Local churches simulcast the events so local business leaders—many of whom are not true believers—will come to their churches. And if your reasoning is you will sit them down and share the full gospel—confession, repentance and placing your only faith and trust in Jesus Christ, great!
But if your hope is to attract more worldly people of wealth into your church—people who can influence your church as new leaders—that is wrong and dangerous to the Body of Christ.
If you disagree with anything I have shared in this commentary you are welcome to join me on air. I have invited Pastor Hybels and leaders of Willow Creek several times but my calls go unanswered. So come on air, with Bibles open, and let’s have a healthy debate.