THE RISE OF BURGER KING CHURCHES AND MINISTRIES
Building the church of Jesus Christ HIS WAY requires boldly and aggressively proclaiming the full council of God’s Word (Acts 4:29). In the book of Acts, the apostles were very confrontational, trusting that the Holy Spirit would produce the conviction necessary for conversion. They were not afraid of the opinions of men.
For example, when Paul preached in Ephesus, his confrontation with the pagan idol worshippers literally caused a RIOT. (Acts 19:28-29). Peter on the day of Pentecost told the Jews, “YOU put Jesus to death” (Acts 2:23). Talk about not beating around the bush! Peter’s boldness did not drive the people away. Instead, it stabbed their consciences. By the end of the day, thousands were converted to Christ through bold and confrontational preaching!
The apostles were not trying to be hip and cool when they preached the gospel. They aimed to pierce the hearts of men which produced conviction of sin. They didn’t have the faintest intention of asking questions like, “What do people want to hear?” or “How can we draw more people to church on Sunday?” These questions were the last thing on their minds. I’m afraid the American Church is becoming like Burger King. Have it your way!
Peter and John preached the gospel in the book of Acts with such boldness and authority that sinners asked, “What must we do to be saved?” In the 21st century, there are so few bold preachers who minister with authority that now we are surveying sinners asking them, “What can we do for you to get you saved?” This is a crying shame saints!
It’s time for the American Church to move beyond our clever marketing tactics and church growth plans and get back to building the church of Jesus Christ HIS WAY- through bold and confrontational preaching of the Word of God.
A good looking young couple recently approached me at an altar asking for a prayer of blessing regarding their relationship. Expecting me to just quickly bless them, they bowed their heads immediately. Without even praying, I said, “Are you two living together?” The look on their faces as their heads snapped up was priceless. They didn’t even have to answer me. I said, “You are asking me to bless something that the Word of God has clearly already called sinful. You need to repent of your sins, stop sleeping together, separate, and then I’ll pray God’s blessings upon you.” They marched out of that church faster than I could blink and gave me the middle finger.
I’m convinced that if the true gospel of Jesus Christ was boldly preached with authority in many American Churches, they would be emptied out rather than filled up. May our marketing and soulish church growth plans perish and may God continue to raise up bold prophetic messengers that will confront sin and raise up a standard of righteousness in the land. Now is the time to drop the plumbline, make true disciples, and fulfill the great commission. The Church is not Burger King. It’s never been about our way, but HIS!