Doesn't scripture tell us that the path that leads to righteousness is narrow and FEW there be that find it? We have gone totally off the cliff, changing church to fit sinners instead of providing a way for sinners to be changed so that they fit into the Kingdom! Just getting their butts to church and filling them with religious information is no good. There has to be a supernatural birth, a change in nature, a new way of thinking that affects the mind, the will, the emotions and the desires! This is how it has always been until the seeker sensitive movement. What level of arrogance does it take to ditch all the great soul winners of years gone by? Did they not know what they were talking about? Has the gospel changed? Has God changed? Did Jesus not foresee what would move men to repentance when he walked on this earth? Has human nature changed? Has sin changed? So why, do we think that we have to come up with new "methods" to win the lost? It's this total disregard for the holiness of God and catering to sinners that has caused this line of thinking. Unfortunately we have sacrificed the message for the method, making the method totally ineffective because it is devoid of the power of God.
Instead of telling people that they must conform to the image of Christ, which can only happen when they are born again, we are now re-shaping God to fit sinners. And anyone who speaks this way is called "religious, old fashioned, and out of touch." Jesus also spoke of religion. He never once denounced true religion. He only denounced false religion. In fact, the very religious leaders he often scolded, he commended for their religion. We have stretched and chopped the image of God to such a point, God is no longer involved in our religion because we no longer represent him correctly to a dying world. We care more about what sinners think of God than we care about who God really is-as if we have to somehow make God more appealing than He already is . He saw us in our depraved state, sacrificed His only, perfect, spotless Son like a lamb led to slaughter, raised Him from the dead so that we could be become children of God instead of children of wrath. In light of what we are guilty of and what the penalty of it is, that is quite enough to reveal the heart of God for mankind and more than enough to make us fall down in repentance and worship. But people don't! Why???
By making God fit us, we are saying that we are okay and don't need to change. This defies the very idea that we were desperately lost without the cross, so there was really no need for Jesus to die. Our sins have become mistakes, diseases, syndromes, and "oopsies". God's holiness has been blurred and clouded by making Him our buddy, our Papa God, and by telling people that because He understands, He will overlook our sin. How insulting to the Blood of our Savior this is!!! If sin is serious enough to cost God and Christ what it cost, then we should know how serious it is in our lives! Nothing about sin has changed! It's still abominable in God's sight! He hates it! If it took resurrection power to overcome, then we can know that Resurrection power is available for us so that we can live as Christ lived on this earth.
Folks, we must face facts. The church in America is by in large nothing more than a social organization. We have assimilated sinners into our culture, tainting it and chasing the Holy Spirit from the place He should be occupying. Until we are willing to do things God's way, God has no obligation to respond. Hell is full of good intentions but if good intentions are born of arrogance, they are nothing more than wood, hay and stubble.