Here's a scripture to chew on: For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart(NASB). Hebrews 4:12
Why do we continue to mix Christianity and things of the world? The above verse clearly states that the Word of God is the only effective things that brings conviction. Clips of movies, magazine articles, politics, and little stories and remedies. All these and more to try and get God's Word across in sermons. In changing the "method" we have somewhere changed the message I'm afraid. Paul, who wrote have of the New Testament didn't have to do this. He went in full of the Holy Spirit and preached the gospel...wait, did you here what I said "full of the Holy Spirit". It is the Spirit who reveals to us wisdom and truth of His Word. So why do we have to use worldly methods to appeal to people the gospel in today's mainstream churches? Maybe it's because they don't understand the things of the Spirit and if that's the case, what does it mean?
Try this verse on for size: But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised (NASB). 1 Corinthians 2:14.
So what am I saying? Well the interpretation of God's Word is not for worldly men. So watered down versions of the Bible and worldly stories things have to be used to try and get "worldy seekers" to understand God's Word. That's a good idea. Maybe we can convert them in the process, but there is one problem...what is that you say?
15) Do not love the world nor the things in the world If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16) For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world (NASB).
1 John 2:15-17
Separation or bust,