Church Of The Light Or Church Of Darkness Of Mankind?

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. – Colossians 3:12-13

aaron-burden-113284-unsplashToday’s sermon by Dr. John MacArthur focused on Colossians 3, and putting on the new self, which means to live and be like Jesus Christ; to live in the likeness of Our Savior.  

We are separate from the world, we are to live holy lives, keeping in mind the things of above and not of the earth.  

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. – Colossians 3:2

I really liked that John MacArthur said over and over again that churches should not be taking a pragmatic approach to sharing the gospel with the world, for so many of them are trying to be like the world.

We are sharing the gospel to believers to hear and believe, to understand the gospel, to feed his church, even.  Believers are the called who answered  God that they believe, who want to know God and will listen to His words that are recorded in the bible for us.

We are the elected few who came to Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  

John MacArthur spoke about how churches are trying to be like the world, that the separation that we are supposed to exhibit becomes more blurred that way.  He went on to say that he thinks that the bridge to understanding the gospel cannot happen when churches are reflecting the world. 

After all, reflecting the darkness of cultural norms is not shining the light on the gospel.  It makes sense then, that the darkness of the world where churches try to emulate and give to the world what they want cannot possibly shine the bright light of the gospel to them.  His point is that we have been called to live separated from the world in order that we shine a bright light of contrast from those “of the world”.   

Churches have fallen into the world.  They are becoming more of the world instead of in the world.  They aren’t reflecting the light of Christ Jesus.  Instead they create a surreal church of darkness.  MarArthur’s message is well taken and speaks to the truth of the gospel and how we are called to live as being part of His Heavenly Kingdom, even as the world dies.  He referred to this verse:

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. – 1 Peter 2:9

How can one shine the world of light into a world of darkness if we become the darkness with them?  We are to shine the light of Christ who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, on the world which shines the way of the gospel.  He is the light of the world, and we are to resemble Him through His gospel.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, – Colossians 3:16

May He richly bless you today!

7 thoughts on “Church Of The Light Or Church Of Darkness Of Mankind?

  1. By any chance, did Dr. John MacArthur, or can you, say what TO do? I am not trying to be over-critical: but teaching about how TO BE a Christian is what Christian teaching is about, and is quite different than saying what that other Christian group is doing wrong.

    What are we to be “doing”? The last evangelism figures for the Western Church I read is that it takes 85-Christians a year of effort to win one soul for Christ. Thus, practically speaking, how do we increase our odds and not just have an initial commitment but graduate them as a full disciple. -Jeff

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  2. Hi myasceticnotebook;
    A few things that John MacArthur did say to do:
    we give our lives up to God in spiritual service of worship to him, to carry out whatever his divine purposes are. To not be conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds, come out and be separate from the world, be blameless, innocent children of God, to live above reproach, to be the lights in the world. To live sensibly, godly in the present age, be zealous to do good deeds, share the gospel so that people can believe – the Great Commission, to live lives that are transformed, be virtuous, loving, humble, and he stressed this:
    Keep seeking the things above that are heavenly, keep our minds on what is above were main points he made.
    At the end of his message he asked; where is your mind, what are you seeking, what occupies your emotions? Is it of above or are we of the world.
    I hope that answers your question from his sermon today!
    God bless.

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  3. Very good exhortation and warning Suzanne. I am just about as afraid of going to a church than of the world. It’s true that in many churches conforming to the status quo is as the same as the world. I can’t see the advantage of going to church. I’ve had many bad experiences. I try to serve God, read His word and read good things and will witness but being a type of introvert I am better one on one. I’ve been looking at street preaching. Might become a reality if things work out. God bless you Suzanne.

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    • Hi Rick, I can understand your not wanting to go to a church because of what goes on in many or most churches today. The last pastor I spoke to invited me to wear ear plugs during the band playing loudly on stage. John MacArthur’s music is so honoring of God – there is just more understanding and honoring of God in John MacArthur’s services is how I feel. The churches of today are watered down versions of church in my opinion. I’m sorry you’ve had so many bad experiences. It’s hard to go to church, have bad experiences, and be more introverted. Why go to feel abused and come home and feel damaged over our experiences? Church is supposed to be a loving place where Christian believers come and worship the Lord Jesus Christ together. They have become like the world in many ways. I think you’re finding answers for yourself in not going to church but still sharing the gospel and finding ways to get fed, I hope 🙂 God bless you Rick.

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  4. I would say it’s his honoring God, studying the Word and that’s his blessing from his Father in heaven who keeps him going for so long! He is needed for his teaching, I believe.

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