Alfred Angelo Bridal, one of America’s biggest wedding-dress retailers, and with at least 60 outlets nationwide, has filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Fourteen hundred retailers world-wide sold their creations. Ten thousand dresses are secured in a San Diego warehouse.
The critics say Angelo Bridal didn’t adapt to a changing economy and clientele. The same inability has doomed other retailers in the rush of shoppers to on-line their phurchases. U-T, 8/10/17
The church has faced the issue of adapting to culture. To the shame of many leaders, they HAVE adapted by changing what in the Gospel they preach. Or how firmly they preach it. In their haste to remove “unnecessary” obstacles to church growth, even many Christian Church ministers—of the Stone-Campbell tradition—have eliminated baptism by immersion for the forgiveness of sin. Not a few have eliminated the weekly Lord’s Supper celebration.
They toss out pews as old school and replace them with comfortable chairs. They eliminate the cross from the sanctuary because, after all, it’s “only” a symbol.
Preachers, don’t eliminate baptism’s importance; and don’t forego weekly communion. And don’t, by any means, stop preaching that anyone who wants to follow Jesus must make self-denial his daily task so he can make carrying Christ’s cross his daily pleasure!
You might know. In this degraded age preachers and elders would change God’s perfect, changeless word to appeal to seekers who want an easy, not God’s SURE, way to be saved. The Gospel needs only to be preached and lived to continue rescuing sinners. It never needs to be changed or adapted. Any adaptation weakens it while sinners are seldom changed. For what difference will it make if we all get along with each other if we all go to Hell by refusing to follow Jesus?
Little wonder churches get bigger while society grows increasingly wicked. The people God appointed to dare sinners to defy God; to demand they repent; to defy their readiness to live like their unsaved friends—have themselves become so much like their members no one sees any difference in them!
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