Pray for us.
Today I was with our evangelist, Chris Statter, again doing some outreach work. We had some fairly lengthy conversations with a few people about the gospel of Christ.
But what prompts this post is the fact that once again some of those conversations were with people who attend a local church or at least identify with a local church. And once again, we found that none of those sorts of people had a clue about the essence of the gospel.
I say “once again” because I think I can say, hand on heart, that for the last 18 months that we have been doing this work, I can only think of one person who claimed to be Christian who could reasonably well articulate what the gospel is. (Chris may be able to count more.)
For example I have spoken to:
- a churchgoing lady who, when asked “What does Jesus mean to you?” responded, “You’ve stumped me there!”, but quickly added, “But I try to live a good life”.
- a man, an office bearer in a local church, who argued that doubt was good and that certainty was unnecessary. He would not consider how the Bible speaks of the peace, rest and assurance that comes with Christ.
- someone who was passionate about current issues in church politics, but could not tell me anything at all about what his god is like. “I’ll have to think about that”.
- a woman who attends a church but also believed we should be tapping into eastern mysticism. She knew nothing about knowing God through Jesus Christ. Wasn’t really interested. Experience was everything.
And so I could go on … at length. It is appalling the ignorance of people in our area who attend churches. What amazes me is that a general question which encourages people to talk about the Christian faith invariably elicits a response that doesn’t have Jesus Christ anywhere in view. The response is about morals, experiences or social aspects of church. The great doctrine of saving grace in Christ means nothing in their lives. And with that, hell awaits.
So, please pray for us as we seek make clear presentations of the wonderful gospel of Christ. The spiritual landscape in Solihull is much worse than it looks.