“For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. “The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things;” (Acts 17:23-25)
As Paul was provoked in his spirit at the city full of idols, he began to debate with the local philosophers, and began to proclaim the strange teaching of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Speaking to those who constantly wanted something new, he blasted the stupidity of their idol to an unknown god, telling them they worshiped this “god” in ignorance.
American churches have adopted an offend-nobody approach to ministry. Such an approach was foreign to the Apostle Paul. He was well aware that coddling to felt-needs of those who walked in ignorance was a recipe for disaster, not discipleship.
As for me, I pray for the day when American pulpits are filled with a band of brothers who address the ignorance of the masses of lost people who fill our cities, and often crowd our churches.
In His Grace,
Dr. Randy White
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