Modern evangelism has shrunken God down to our size.
I was sitting in a large Baptist church and the minister in the pulpit made the following remark. He said, “Friends, I can’t wait to get to heaven because when I die and go to heaven I want to walk up to Jesus and grab his hand and shake His hand for all He has done for me.”
Well, I guess this seminary trained pastor was not familiar with the passage from the Book of Revelation where the Apostle John encounters a risen Christ and he falls down as dead.
No, this foolish minister thinks Jesus is just his pal; he can just casually walk up to the Lord of Glory, grab his hand like the hand of a deacon and shake it because Jesus is just his buddy.
I’m afraid that this is a majority mentality in our pulpits today. Many have taken out their pocket knives and whittled out a god that suits them, a god they feel comfortable with, one they can worship according to their idea of him.
They’ve shrunken God down to their level of reason to where He’s on their level, He thinks like they do, He acts like they do.
“Why, He wouldn’t send anybody to hell because He just isn’t like that anymore.”
Our evangelism today presents a God who is our size or smaller, a far cry from the reality of the living God of the Bible, the Ancient of Days, of whom the prophet Isaiah when he caught a glimpse of him fell down as dead and cried out, “Woe is me!”
But the God of modern day evangelism doesn’t make anybody cry out, “Woe is me!” because we have shrunken him down to our size so he won’t intimidate anybody. But turn in your Bibles and see the Jews before Mount Sinai with God’s presence upon it as the mountain quaked and trembled with all smoke and fire like a great furnace, a sight so terrible that even Moses could not endure it. There are very few pulpits all on a smoke today.
Preachers of wiser days referred to God as the Almighty or the Great God, now we refer to him on our terms and our level. This is a great mistake.
We must preach an exalted view of the Almighty.
Isaiah 57:15 declares, “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”