A Bold Broadside Against Worldliness in the Church Pastor Barker brings a bold word that exposes mainstream evangelicalism's continuing capitulation to popular culture. It's a message that stirred me to reexamine my own stand and relationship with the world.
Through disturbing testimonials from Franklin Graham's "Rock the River" youth event in the Quad Cities, Pastor Barker provides overwhelming evidence that mainstream evangelicalism has so compromised with the world that now even mosh pits, body surfing, and screaming rock n' roll music are seen as acceptable means to evangelize young people.
An especially salient point Barker made was noting how often the Lord's name is casually taken in vain by young people addicted to the texting shorthand OMG. I've seen it around so many times I had become desensitized to it, but may we never become numb to such things.
Pastor Barker's sermon was alarming, even as I know that the worldliness he describes is rampant in many evangelical churches in most every community, raising few if any eyebrows.
The message made me ask myself how far have I stepped out onto that slippery slope? I was motivated to pray that I never compromise or bring shame upon the gospel.
James J. Barker is a graduate of Tabernacle Baptist Bible College, Virginia Beach, Virginia. He started Bible Baptist Church, May 1990, in Queens, NY. The LORD commissioned him to minister in the new location of Elmont, NY in 1998. The church has moved from storefront to tent...