How Sunday Morning Will Save or Destroy America.
In the last several days, two Sunday morning services have been the site of massive train wrecks that have devastated the cause of Christ in America. However, yesterday I witnessed the epic power of a Sunday Morning Service in Houston. Before I share my experience yesterday consider this:
“We must now have the courage to take the final step and call homophobia and heterosexism what they are. “They are sin. Homophobia is a sin. Heterosexism is a sin. Shaming people for who they love is a sin. Only when all our churches say that clearly and boldly and courageously will our LGBT youth be free to grow up in a culture that totally embraces them as they fully are.” These words came from the lips of Rev. Gary Hall, the dean of Washington’s National Cathedral, in a recent Sunday sermon.
Consider that the Pastor of what we consider our national church not only codified homosexuality, he flipped the script and accused those who stand for Biblical righteousness of sinning. Peter LaBarbera said it best: “Obviously, ‘hating’ homosexuals or being so fearful that you fail to offer the hope of the gospel to people caught up in homosexual sin is wrong, but that’s not what Hall is talking about here. He is ‘redefining Christianity’ and sin itself in a way that flips the truth of the Word of God on its head. … The danger is that this new heretical ‘sin-affirming Christianity’ is spreading in the evangelical Church.”
The harm done by this is laid out by Jennifer LeClaire from Charisma Magazine: “Consider the significance of his words in the context of the setting in which he preached them. The National Cathedral’s vision is to be a catalyst for spiritual harmony in our nation, renewal in churches, reconciliation among faiths and compassion in our world. The funerals of 21 presidents and the inaugurations of five presidents of the United States have been held there. The fact that Hall stood in such a place and uttered such words is more than telling about the spiritual state of our nation.”
Meanwhile on the opposite coast John MacArthur used his Sunday Morning pulpit to declare war on 550 million Pentecostals worldwide saying that they are all going to hell. John’s teachings are heard by millions and this influence makes this especially disturbing.
In just two Sunday services incalculable damage had been done by both extremes. However, just as much damage, if not more, is inflicted every Sunday in Churches all over America.
One million Americans left their church this year but many did not leave because they backslid. They left because of a ravenous desire for more. They want more intense worship, more messages that will arm them to take a city. They want more of the presence of God. They want public calls for sinners to repent and come to God and they want more of the moving of the Spirit in power! The number one complaint that they have with their church is that they cannot feel the presence of God.
Nevertheless, there are many Churches that prove to us that Sunday Morning can be an awesome weapon for America’s restoration. I call these Ground Zero Churches…to be continued.
Later today I am going to give you part two of this message.