Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
– James 4:4
As the days grow darker, the church should be more and more a refuge from the world. As our culture and entertainment grows more and more wicked and as our institutions crumble and become more corrupt, the sacred gathering of God’s people for worship should be as refreshing to the saints as an oasis is to a desert nomad. In other words, society should continue to change, but the church should stay the same. It should provide a contrast to society, not reflect it. The problem with ‘church’ today is that all too often our efforts are steered (with good intention) to attract the largest and most youthful audience possible. The intention is to reach new generations for Christ and perpetuate the gospel. Well and good, but when we tune church to the tastes of the young we greatly err. A young person’s taste is foolish.
Foolishness [is] bound in the heart of a child, [but] the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
– Proverbs 22:15
All too many Pastors are afraid to use the rod of Biblical Preaching to drive the fleshly lusts from shallow ignorant youth.
Please see the following two excellent articles for more on this subject:
- The Coolest Church In Town! (Reformed Reader)
- An Open Letter to Praise Bands (Reformed Baptist Fellowship)