While recently searching for online articles covering positive things churches are doing for their communities, I came across an article about a small congregation in Santa Fe, New Mexico–First Christian Church–celebrating their 85th anniversary with several initiatives on community outreach. I was impressed by the headline and clicked on the link to read the article. My initial eagerness to see what great things they were up to quickly turned to disappointment.
I discovered the “Christian” part of their congregation’s name was merely just for show based on what they were actually doing. They were encouraging Buddhists in their Buddhism, promoting Eastern mystic New Age reiki healers to tap into the “universal life energy”, and telling homosexuals that there’s nothing wrong with who they are as they participate in various forms of fornication–even to the point of encouraging sex change surgeries.
The woman leading the congregation, Tiffany Curtis (who calls herself Reverend (ha!)), says, “Church is not a building. It’s a gathering of people who are united in spirit and with a common purpose.” That’s only half right. The church is the body of Christ united in the Holy Spirit and in truth to carry out various God-given ministries. What this church is up to definitely doesn’t qualify.
She went on to say “her goal is not to convert people to Christianity. Instead…she wants to spread love and create a safe space in which people of diverse backgrounds can come together.” What? Firstly, she’s assuming that sharing the gospel to win souls isn’t love, when that’s the very essence of love. Secondly, leading people to feel fine with their sin isn’t love, it’s the path to destruction. Thirdly, they essentially denounce Christianity while using Christ’s name. It’s empty, worthless religion.
This story reminded me of what Paul told the Ephesians in Ephesians 4:
17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:…
20 But ye have not so learned Christ;
21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
When churches promote sin, whether it’s pagan beliefs, evolution, fornication, and other things contradicting God’s word, they are just like other Gentiles caught up in the vanity of their minds, with their understanding spiritually and morally darkened, allowing their ignorance to alienate them from the life of God all because they embrace the blindness of their hearts. It’s a sure sign they’re liars and that fellowship with them should be avoided.