“I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”

Jude‬ ‭1:4‬ ‭NLT

It was as much a problem in the early church as it is in this day and age. Wherever God’s people can be found and his word can be heard, there are people who are thinking of that word as a power to be exploited and a people to be taken advantage of. In modernized American Christianity, the church is ripe for this type of error because of Milo’s understanding of God’s “softer,” qualities. It has not wanted God as he is but has, instead, crafted a cartoon version wherein he doesn’t define something like “Love,” but is confined by it and its modern sensibilities. Because of this, the message of Christ becomes inclusive. This makes evangelism easy, but discipleship hard. The truth is that Christ’s message is exclusive. It is defined by him as the narrow path. With lower standards and an open invite, there is more than enough room for wolves to come in amongst a dread out herd of sheep, and there is too much space for shepherds to patrol. The church must glean identity from God, not culture, lest it falls prey to such wolves. And the need for such admonishment is perhaps a greater need than that of a constant focus on salvation.

This post first appeared at JoshMcGary.com

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary

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