Ann Tatlock has a great post over on Charis Connection about "Preaching to the Choir." And I don’t say it’s great because she attributed one line to yours truly. The whole post is worth reading, but it was these two paragraphs that struck like a knife in the heart:
Unfortunately, anything is going strong. Did you hear about the
Presbyterian church that sponsored a retreat for women, inviting them
to get away and worship the divine goddess within themselves? The
Methodist church that incorporated Wiccan (modern witchcraft) prayers
into its morning services? The Baptist church that taught a class on
our fellow Christian believers: Mormons, Christian Scientists,
Jehovah’s Witnesses and Unitarian Universalists?
I wish I could
say it weren’t so. But in fact I attended that class at the Baptist
church out of curiosity. My jaw was on the floor throughout. This same
church offers a wide variety of New Age literature in its library.
In my comment to her post, I said:
For the record, it was God who whispered those words: "Yes, and the
choir is sick!" in response to my question: "But God, isn’t writing for
the CBA preaching to the choir?" From that moment on, I knew God had
called me to write for believers. I want to write entertaining fiction
with a strong Christian worldview in order to encourage, edify, and
build up the body of Christ.
But your examples of some reasons the church needs edification, etc., made my heart ache. I had not heard these before.
I have a hard time wrapping my mind around the possibility that churches who profess to be Christian can encourage women to "worship the goddess within" or incorporate Wiccan prayers in their services. How can this be? It makes me fall to my knees in thanksgiving for my church home where the Bible is taught in fullness and truth. It makes me thank God for the teaching I have had throughout my Christian walk, grounding me in the Scriptures. It makes me thankful for the easy access to the Bible, in all the wonderful English versions and as audio books and on my computer.
Oh, friends. Read your Bibles and don’t let your ears be tickled (2 Tim 4:3-4).
In the grip of His grace,