Sunday, January 22, 2012
The Churches Main Purpose
What is Churches Main Purpose?
This needs to come from the Bible, not from Churches leaders or from para-church organizations. The Lord Jesus said "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). He didn't say "go into all the world and make it better for everybody," because He is the only one with the power to do that, He is the only One who can say "Behold, I make all things new" (Revelation 21:5). Now that doesn't mean that Christians are let off the hook from doing good. James exhorted us that "Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world" (1:27). As Christians, we need to be doing good and all the basic things that Social Justice organizations are doing are great, but what is their motivation for doing good? If it is not to proclaim the gospel, then it will do little in the light of eternity. There are several things that mark Social Justice groups, the first is Reconstructionism.
This is the view that we can make the world a better place to live. Why do Christians think this when the word clearly says "the world is passing away, and the lust of it" (1 John 2:17)? Usually because they have post-millennial eschatology, in other words they believe that Christ is already reigning over the earth right now and that the Church is going to usher in the millennium the Old Testament prophets talked about when "They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore" (Isaiah 2:4). What this theology fails to recognize is that the millennium is tied to the second coming of Christ, Isaiah 2:4 opens up with "He shall judge between the nations, And rebuke many people." It is only Christ who can usher in a world wide peace, "The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings; And you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves" (Malachi 2:4). Unfortunately many Christians are falling prey to the idealism tide up into making the world a better place, prominent Christian leaders are promoting this view like N. T. Wright. It sounds great, but is it what Christ had in mind for the Church during this dispensation?