Avoid 'Casual, Comfortable, Cultural Christianity,' Pastor David Platt Encourages
Pastor David Platt said at the recent Passion 2022 conference that young Christians should try to avoid "casual, comfortable, cultural Christianity."
"Be finished and done with a form of Christianity that says, 'Pray a prayer, go to church, live it up in the world, go to some conferences and coast your way to Heaven.' That's not Christianity because it's not following Christ," said Platt, the pastor of McLean Bible Church in Virginia and head of Radical, an evangelistic outreach ministry.
According to The Christian Post, Platt was speaking at the annual Passion conference earlier this month at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
"You will waste your life if you get caught up in this American dream. Don't do it. Lift your eyes above the distractions," he said. "Look at the destiny of this world. The train of history is headed towards people of every nation, tribe and tongue, enjoying and praising Jesus. Jump on that train."
Platt previously served as the president of the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board. He said about 3.2 billion people in the world have not heard the Gospel.
"God desires for people from all nations to hear and receive the Good News of His great love in Jesus," the Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream author stressed. "That's the truth. ... This is God's passion for people.
"Jesus was slain, and He shed His blood to ransom, to rescue people for God, from where? Every tribe, every language, every people, every nation. God desires for people from all the nations to hear and receive the Good News of His great love. His great rescue in Jesus," he added.
He also offered encouragement to young adults who feel too "broken" to reach others.
"You have so much to offer to those who have no idea who Jesus is," Platt preached. "You have the greatest news in the world for those who are hurting that this healing process is not never-ending, that your healing will one day be whole."
Other speakers at the Passion event included Sadie Robertson Huff, Levi Lusko, Tim Tebow and founder, Louie Giglio.
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