“But We Don’t Want to Upset Anyone…” Part 2

In an earlier article, we wrote that believers and churches in the immediate culture and context of His Words His Ways Fellowship should understand and accept that Jesus stated that those that would follow and imitate Him as His disciples must be willing to sacrifice all in order to do so.
 
Furthermore, we argued that even though Evangelical believers and churches in our culture and context claim to teach that the Bible should be completely believed and obeyed; there is often a price that they are unwilling to pay in order to sacrifice all in order to obey and imitate Jesus as His disciples.
 
We argued that they are unwilling to pay the price of temporary discomfort in order to implement a comprehensive, robust, orderly disciple-making initiative in their churches mainly because, “We don’t want to upset anyone…”
 
On the surface, this seems like a reasonable excuse. If we upset the members of our congregations, then they might leave. And then we wouldn’t even have a church.
 
However, as we stated in the previous article; those that become upset when they are asked to make a legitimate sacrifice in order to obey and imitate Jesus as His disciple, have probably never actually “taken up their cross” in order to “come to Jesus” to begin with.
 
As Jesus said:
 
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. […] In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples” (Luke 14:26-27, 33).
 
But why do we care?
 
If people want to go through life thinking that they have “come to Jesus” only to find out at the end that they are one of those that Jesus says that He never knew (Matthew 7:23); why not let them go on?
 
Something else that we have discovered in out immediate culture and context is that many people who attend Evangelical churches are not really aware of what is going on in the culture around them.
 
If you are one of those, please allow us to inform you…
 
In our immediate culture and context, children are attempting suicide and committing self-harm.
 
And they are not going to go to anyone for help. The best chance for them to get them the help they need is for them to connect with a member of a church with a comprehensive, robust, orderly disciple-making initiative.
 
“But we don’t want to upset anyone…”
 
In our immediate culture and context, children are being physically and sexually abused.
 
And they are not going to go to anyone for help. The best chance for them to get them the help they need is for them to connect with a member of a church with a comprehensive, robust, orderly disciple-making initiative.
 
“But we don’t want to upset anyone…”
 
In our immediate culture and context, children are getting pregnant.
 
And they are not going to go to anyone for help. The best chance for them to get them the help they need is for them to connect with a member of a church with a comprehensive, robust, orderly disciple-making initiative.
 
“But we don’t want to upset anyone…”
 
In our immediate culture and context, children are going hungry and without basic necessities.
 
And they are not going to go to anyone for help. The best chance for them to get them the help they need is for them to connect with a member of a church with a comprehensive, robust, orderly disciple-making initiative.
 
“But we don’t want to upset anyone…”
 
In our immediate culture and context, children are struggling with their sexual orientation and gender identity.
 
And they are not going to go to anyone for help. The best chance for them to get them the help they need is for them to connect with a member of a church with a comprehensive, robust, orderly disciple-making initiative.
 
“But we don’t want to upset anyone…”
 
In our immediate culture and context, children are being exposed to perversion and violence at a younger and younger age.
 
And they are not going to go to anyone for help. The best chance for them to get them the help they need is for them to connect with a member of a church with a comprehensive, robust, orderly disciple-making initiative.
 
“But we don’t want to upset anyone…”
 
Mark wrote:
 
People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them (Mark 10:13-16).
 
By our churches refusing to implement a comprehensive, robust, orderly disciple-making initiative; we are standing between children and the Savior they so desperately need.
 
In other words, by our inaction we demonstrate that we are more worried about upsetting church members who have probably never even come to Jesus to begin with, than we are worried about children who need to come to Jesus.
 
The most insane part of the whole thing is that often times, these children are the sons, daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of the church members that we are so worried about upsetting!
 
Again, as we wrote in the previous article, we have become like the Scribes and Pharisees of which Jesus stated:
 
“Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering” (Luke 11:52).
 
“Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit” (Matthew 15:12-14).
 
 
If you would like to know why it is so imperative that we be and make disciples of Jesus and what it looks like to implement a comprehensive, robust, and orderly disciple-making process; begin here and follow the links:
 

The Four Principles of Discipleship…

 

Or, feel welcome to visit us at His Words His Ways Fellowship to learn more. Here is our location.

 

 
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