Are Today’s Churches ‘Of the Culture’ or ‘In the Culture’?

Much has been made recently about America’s mainline church denominations—the changes, division and uncertainty within.

But the American Pastors Network’s says the focus should be on something else—getting back on the basics of Christianity.

“Christians must unite around the core of the gospel, not divide because of man-made denominations,” said APN President Sam Rohrer. “Above all, the focus must be on how to communicate the Gospel. Churches can change their music, change the way the pastor dresses or change the public statements, but many of today’s churches are walking away from the authority of Scripture and the necessity of protecting the authority of God’s Word. That never grows old, and no one can change that without directly attacking the Word of God. Bit by bit, we are collectively retreating from a hard, fast and firm commitment to Scripture, and searching for ways to make it more palatable to the next generation—whatever that might look like.”

Another damaging matter, Rohrer added, is churches desiring to or giving into the allure of being of the culture rather than in the culture, ultimately straying from the Gospel to meet cultural needs.

“Many churches are trying to change to become like the culture, but the long-term effects of leaving the Gospel will be damage beyond belief,” he said. “Many elements have pervaded our country’s denominations, such as transgenderism, same-sex marriage, sexual assault and social justice, just to name a few. The Left loves to see the divide of some of the largest of these denominations, which are doing much self-promotion, inviting media to be part of the ‘experience’ and by moving away from traditional church business and opening the doors of today’s critiques of Christianity, either through the mainstream media or social media. And all the discord is playing out in public, which is not helping the spread of the Gospel one bit.”

APN recently debuted its new television program, “Stand in the Gap,” which considers transcending cultural issues, seemingly difficult to navigate, from a biblical worldview perspective. “Stand in the Gap” TV also seeks to bring clarity to cultural confusion and makes sense of the nonsense around us, focusing on the root problems of our nation and applies biblical principles so God’s people can know the truth.

“Stand in the Gap” TV airs weekly on WBPH-TV60, a station in the Philadelphia market that reaches a potential of 7 million viewers by cable, DirecTV, Dish Network, off-air antenna and online. Programs air at 3 p.m. ET Sundays and will be rebroadcast Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Check the WBPH listings for more information on how to watch. Learn more about the program here or view a promo for the show here.

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2 replies
  1. Timothy E. Holloway DMD
    Timothy E. Holloway DMD says:

    In our postmodern, relativity based “religions” there is a reticence on the part of most churches to assert there is only ONE absolute truth given us by God through His word, the Bible. For fear of offending, most pastors refuse to assert that there is only one truth, one way into heaven, one author of right and wrong and thee only light in a fallen world. The truth will set you free but from what? God’s answer is free of doubt, confusion and the unknown truth. Believing in Christ is not enough. even the demons believe He existed or exists. To BE a Christian one must believe, repent of sin then live the Gospel and when necessary, speak it. Our actions speak volumes and plow the soil that the seed of the Gospel will be planted in fertile ground. I have found most folks are craving truth and something to give them true purpose in life. Only the TRUE gospel of Jesus Christ which includes the unfulfilled law to guide us into holiness can provide peace.

  2. Bob Mason
    Bob Mason says:

    “Back to the Bible” is a noble cry, but usually ends up as “Back to Calvin,” “Back to Luther,” or plug in whoever qualifies as a Biblical scholar. Does anyone remember the struggle in which the Reformers went after the Catholic Church with the “5 Solas?”
    Sola scriptura: “Scripture alone”
    Sola fide: “faith alone”
    Sola gratia: “grace alone”
    Solo Christo: “Christ alone”
    Soli Deo gloria: “to the glory of God alone”

    Now, only “Sola fide” reigns in seminaries. Paul opened and closed the book of Romans with “obedience of faith.” (Rom. 1:5 and 16:26.) Maybe someday we will get back to the whole counsel of God. (Acts 20:27)


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