The Daily Letter usually evokes response to some remark, sarcastic or otherwise. Yesterday's was no exception. The remark by long time pastor, Steve Goens, is a case in point. Steve's remark to me was not sarcastic, but the statements tell worlds about the mind set of modern Christianity/Fundamentalism and may point an insightful finger toward the real problem as to why we are failing to impact our culture. It smells of a longing to reach the world of the heathen within the sound of chapel bell, and a well established chapel bell at that. Notice Dr. Goen's comment:
"I remember talking to a spiritual giant years ago who preached, and asked us to pray that God would lead him to an area, to start a church, but wanted to be sure that there was a Christian School nearby so his children would not have to attend the wicked public schools and would also provide a place for his lovely wife to work. I mentioned that if they had a Christian school in the area they might also have a good church already in place and therefore would not need him to start another. He looked at me and asked me, "Then are you suggesting that I go somewhere and start a church where there are no Christian Schools and sacrifice my children?" I don't think he understood the point I was making."
I am continuing to be known as a 'hard nosed' pastor who asks questions of those who wish to present their work to our people in hope of $$$. I assure you that a man wanting to start a new church and plans to help support the effort with his wife teaching in a Christian School to help pay the tuition is wasting his time and I will not knowingly permit the perpetration of such travesty to occur within the group whom the Lord charges me with the watch care.
Why is this? Years ago I heard a what was then called a "Modernist" preacher state that what we 'Fundies' called evangelism was in reality simply swapping fish from each other's fish tank. Oh were we upset by such a blasphemous slur. Tragically he was too close to absolute truth. Most of us would rather drink coffee with a disaffected Lutheran deacon than to win a drunk to Christ!!
To say that overall we as a group have lost the fervor for true pioneer work is understatement.
Please do not get the idea that this is just a rant. I have put my finger on a very sore spot and I know it. Yet, often painful things should be said, in order to encourage a true pioneer spirit rather than the weak sister idea of building on the foundation of others. I am pretty sure Paul mentioned this very thing.
I really do pray for the Lord to give a large portion of the faith of and grit of C.T. Studd to our current generation of 'Giants.' C.T. wrote:
"Some want to live within the sound of chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of Hell."