Pastor and author Thabiti Anyabwile offered advice for pastors for combating worldliness in the Church during a message delivered at the Together for the Gospel conference in Louisville, Kentucky.
In his message titled “Distinctive Living In an Age of False Teaching,” Anyabwile, pastor of Anacostia River Church in Washington, D.C., told attendees that the Bible is clear that God’s people must be distinct from the world.
“We all agree that worldliness is a problem,” he said. “But how do you effectively pastor a church that’s already been affected by worldliness?”
First, Anyabwile said that when it comes to pastoring those already affected by worldliness, church leaders must “look out for the unsaved scoffers.” He cited Jude 1:17–19, which reads in part: “‘In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.’ These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit.”
“I wonder if we realize … there are other indications of worldliness in addition to immoral living, like scoffing,” he said, explaining that scoffers are people who “appear religious, but actually reject religion.”
While scoffers are evident across social media, they’re also prevalent in the church, Anyabwile contended.
“How do these people so obviously repugnant in Jude’s sight enter into a church with nobody noticing?” he asked, adding that while some church members may not be “scoffers in character,” they’re “at least comfortable with it.”
“It’s easy to gossip and at the same time be scoffing,” he said. “It’s easy to retweet and at the same time be scoffing … what about us quieter scoffers in the pews, whose hearts hear the truth of God’s Word unfolded and we hear the question in our own souls, ‘Has God really said?'”
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Source: Christian Post