What’s Wrong with being “Seeker Sensitve”?

Seeker Sensitive

The Greek word (ekklesia) we interpret as “church” means “the called out ones”. Those who are not redeemed are not part of the church.  

Isaiah 43:1 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

2 Cor 4:1 – 5 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.

1 Cor 1:1 – 2 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours

The mission of the church is more accurately found in Ephesians 4:12 & 13 – “the church exists For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” Titus chapter 2 seems to sum up the mission of the church very nicely.

There is no place in scripture where saints are told to bring lost souls to the gathering nor is this portrayed in any scriptural narratives. The only place I know where scripture comments on lost people being in church is 1 Corinthians chapter 14. Paul is wrapping up his comments on the lust for gifts exhibited by the church in Corinth. “In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord. Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad? But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.” It’s clear in this passage that the priority is on the clear proclamation of God’s Word – not on being mindful of making lost folks feel comfortable.

When church leaders focus on lost people, they disobey scripture (Colossians 3:1 – 3, 2 Corinthians 4:18, etc.) and they will be distracted from the right focus on God. Seeking to be appealing to men, elders must turn from seeking to please the Lord – this is disobedience as well. And no man can do both (Galatians 1:10). Furthermore, such a focus on man inevitably leads to the practice of teaching men they can choose Christ – as the natural man wants to be in control of his life. The lost man is dead in his sin (Ephesians 2:1 – 5) and cannot seek God lest he be drawn to Him by Him (Romans 3:10 – 11, John 6:43 – 44, John 1:12 – 13) nor can he comprehend the things of God (1 Corinthians 2:12 – 14, Ephesians 4:17 – 19). It is demeaning to God to pretend man can have a hand in saving himself, giving himself spiritual birth (1 Peter 1:2 – 5, John 15:16). Those who teach and preach are held to a higher standard by God (James 3:1) because they represent God to people. They, therefore, ought to be very careful to only speak for God what He has declared in His Word.

These men pleasers tend to teach people that evangelism consists of inviting lost neighbors to church, so they can hear the preacher. The Bible knows of no such evangelism, telling us to go and preach Christ to the world (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:14 – 15, Col 1:23). It’s the work of the church to disciple babes in Christ, to bring them to a full understanding of our glorious Lord (1 Corinthians 4:17, 1 Timothy 1:1 – 4, 1 Timothy 4:6 – 11, Titus chapter 2, 2 Peter 3:17 – 18, Ephesians 4:11 – 16).

Our audience – as regards any Christian ministry – is God, not man. His Word – alone – tells us how He wants to be represented to His creature. Our job is not be creative in finding ways to make heathens like the church – the cross is an offense to them (1 Corinthians 1:26 – 29, 1 Peter 2:7 – 8, Galatians 5:11). Our job is to proclaim Christ crucified, trusting God to call to new life those He predestined to be His children (Ephesians 1:3 – 6, Romans 8:32 – 34, John 1:13, Romans 9:6 – 11, Romans 11:5 – 6, 2 Peter 1:2 – 11), making disciples of those are redeemed by Christ. Anything that glorifies man – his status, position, abilities – is sin (Isaiah 48:9 – 11). The aim of each child of God is glorify Him – this is the foundation of everything we do. We cannot love one another properly without God’s glory being the basis. We cannot love lost folks properly if our reason for doing so is anything other than bringing God glory. Any other reason will lead us astray, into doing things for pragmatic reasons, mindful of results and numbers instead of God and His glory.

Soli Deo Gloria”Glory To God Alone

Solus Christus”Christ Alone

Sola Scriptura”Scripture Alone

Sola Fide”Faith Alone

Sola Gratia”Grace Alone

May we serve the lord with joy and seek to be forgotten, that those we speak to will remember the Christ of Whom we spoke.

Stuart L. Brogden

Nov 2008.

9 thoughts on “What’s Wrong with being “Seeker Sensitve”?

  1. Mickey Merrie says:

    Like I’ve said many times before, elders function to disciple the saints in right doctrine to be able to accurately go out and preach to the lost and dying. Those who repent can then be brought in to the assembly of called out ones to also be discipled.
    The process of inviting the reprobate to “church” to hear pastor preach a gospel of accepting a jesus into you heart as if He is obligated to accept your decision, and then plugging them in as if they are elect is literally the fulfillment of the parable of tares being sown in with the wheat!

  2. I was grieved that the men calling themselves pastor in my previous church were unwilling to understand this. But their hardness of heart on this issue was used to prompt me to leave rather than stay. And that meant becoming part of the small, Christ exalting church we now belong to and have the humbling privilege of serving therein.

  3. II Corinthians 4:1-5 is so central to this, glad it was in the article. Seeker-sensitive, at least as it is generally defined, is dishonest. The Gospel is offensive to the lost.

    To give the Gospel, you have to attack someone’s pride. You have to tell them that they are a sinner, that they aren’t good enough, and that they can’t even solve the problem themselves. You have to address their moral failure and their weakness and inability. You don’t have to set out to tear them down, you don’t have to be nasty, you don’t even have to mention pride, but if you are going to be true to the Gospel, their pride is going to engage and fight it. And if you throw a sop to their pride, you’ve undermined the message.

    No amount of “seeker-sensitive” nonsense can change that. The true Gospel is an offense to the pride of the hearers. The only way through is for God to work. We aren’t dependent on them feeling good about us or our approach for their response, we are dependent on God’s working to break through the pride and the blindness.

    “Seeker-sensitive” ministry is great for giving seekers what they are seeking, but none seeks after God…..

  4. 2 Peter 3:16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.

    Thank you for this VERY important post. Glory to God.

  5. Mickey Merrie says:

    You see Manfred, in your smaller assembly where Voddie and elders teach the true gospel, the tares, in any great numbers will not stay to endure sound doctrine! Plus their humanist manifesto is quickly seen and confronted.
    Glenn! Still read your blog, and appreciated your wife’s blog as well! I see you are headed toward that 95% number being off base…Not that that makes either of us happy in the least. Well, these days ahead will certainly expose both the sheep and those falling away as tribulation ramps up for the elect, purifying us for His glory!

  6. You’re right, Mickey. We have had people leave because they were holding tight to ideas and traditions that are not found in the Word of God – such as voting rights on dispatching an elder who is in rebellion. We must hold tight to the Scriptures, by the power of the Spirit of God, or else we will end up in the ditch with such as Joel Osteen or Rick Warren.

  7. Michael says:

    I would add a couple more places from Ephesians. One place is there at verses 8-10 of chapter 1 and at chapter 3 verses 8-12.

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