The Gospel is not something given to us in such a way that gives us the right to edit it. Nor is it our prerogative to change the focus of our local churches from what God intended. Both the Church Growth movement and Wokeism does both. Both of these movements are based on ideologies rooted in pragmatism. These ideologies say that if something produces the desired results then it must be right and, therefore, the will of God. However, there is a major flaw in this because it begins with a false assumption.
That assumption is that the Gospel is editable, therefore, they change it. The Church Growth movement waters the gospel down in order to make it more palatable to the lost. Wokeism adds to the gospel social issues rooted in cultural Marxism. The Bible clearly teaches that the Gospel is offensive to the lost. The exclusivity of it runs contrary to the humanistic, relativistic culture we are in in the early 21st Century. Christ said that the way to salvation is through a narrow, hard to find gate. Those who enter by it find themselves on a difficult, dangerous path, but it is the only way to the Father. Those blind guides who are working to invoke Wokeism attempt to change the meaning of the gospel to fit their ideology to produce power structures within the visible church from which they can control the people who have been blinded by their lies. In both cases pragmatism is the methodology behind how they operate, not by obeying God, nor obeying His Word.
13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:13-14 (NASB)
Christ also taught over and over that those who enter this narrow gate are those chosen out of the world and, therefore, the world hates them.
19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. John 15:19 (NASB)
Therefore, what sort of reasoning has taken place in the Church Growth movement that demands all churches to be transformed from gatherings of saints for fellowship, discipleship, prayer, and worship into world-friendly, man-loving, non-gospel preaching entertainment venues? It is very important that we hear the Gospel, the whole Gospel, even if we are in Christ. When I say the whole Gospel I mean that we need to know that outside of Christ all of us are offenders of God’s Law. None of us deserve anything but judgment. Then we need to hear of God’s glory and how far we are from Him. Then we need to hear the glorious Good News of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross to pay the price for our sins. This Good News says that all who believe God here and trust in Christ alone to save them, will be saved.
However, the edited version of the Gospel leaves out the offense of our sin and utter dependence on God to save us. It leaves out the offense of the cross. It leaves out the need to repent of our sins. Instead, this new version of the Gospel is focused on an offer that those hearing it can have a purpose to their lives, or that they can have meaning to their lives. While those things are products of salvation, they are not the Gospel.
Wokeism on the other hand is being implemented in government and throughout the business sector. I work for a company that is showing all the signs of being Woke. I am so glad I am scheduled for retirement later this year. In any case, Woke ideology is used to divide people up into groups of victims with those in power having full control of every sector of how people act, what they say, and what they do not say. In a church, this is deadly because Wokeism comes in and destroys Church Unity. It makes everyone guilty of everyone else’s problems. There is no forgiveness. There is no end to the guilt. This has nothing to do with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, but is an attempt to control people.
The reason preachers edit the Gospel this way is to increase their numbers or, in the case of Wokeism, it is to become socially acceptable. They have believed the ideologies of men rather than trusting in the promises from God’s Word. They have compromised the truth in order to please men. They have mixed themselves with the world and have proven that they are cakes not turned whose product is just more half-baked dough like themselves.
Ephraim mixes himself with the peoples; Ephraim is a cake not turned. (Hosea 7:8 ESV)