While I don’t know precisely what prompted this response by Chuck Smith Jr. the contents are somewhat self-explanatory. Smith’s theology or whether you have a problem with it or him personally, isn’t what I want to concentrate upon in this post. For one thing, though I’m very familiar with Chuck Smith Sr and his ministry, his son (and his ministry) is not anything I’m knowledgeable about. And for the purpose of this post, don’t need to be…
This is what caught my attention,
Remarkable! It was interesting to read that I am “an advocate” for homosexual Christians. This is an example of either inadequate research or selective reporting–either one, in my opinion, demonstrates a lack of integrity. In that same video interview posted above, I explicitly stated that “I am not an advocate” for gay and lesbian Christians.
Have I sat “in the company” of homosexuals in conferences without delivering a word of judgment against them? Yes, I have. I went to them the way Jesus came into the world, not to condemn, but to save. And as He was sent into the world, so He sent His disciples into the world (Jn. 3:17; 17:18; 20:21). How many of these conferences have you been invited to come and speak? If none, how are do you plan on getting the gospel to gays and lesbians? Do you care whether they hear the gospel? Is it not your calling or concern?
I didn’t stumble upon this link accidentally, but through a news-feed article I received from a well known discernment website…which one doesn’t really matter for I’m sure the one I read isn’t the only one which has posted about what Smith Jr was suppose to have said, etc. But here is my point and question folks…
Besides the obvious issue of having to be so careful today in what we say or “how” it’s perceived (we live in an ugly age folks…face it) isn’t he right concerning getting the Gospel to those lost and/or deceived?
I’m not sure when this began…this idea that we as Christians are NEVER to be seen in the company of lost people..or deceived people. That we are to shun them like they carry the plague. Because early-on in my walk with Christ this is not how we operated as Christians. Our goal was to go out and find them! I mean, how can you be a light to anyone if you refuse to even be in their presence!?
Now, before someone points out that Jr here admits to being in the presence of deceived folks without “delivering a word of judgment” against them, let me ask you: are we not suppose to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit?
I have specifically been led, by the Spirit of God, to be silent while in the presence of people I’ve KNOWN FOR A FACT were lost and/or deceived. And I’ve obeyed, having learned early-on the biblical principle that some plant, others water, but it is God who gives the increase.
I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 3)
Proclaiming judgment upon people at every opportunity my friends, is not how we win people to Christ. It wasn’t how Jesus operated and it’s not how the Church is suppose to work either. It never will be. We speak or remain silent as led by the Holy Spirit, for it is HE who “convicts the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment”..and it is HE who knows if seeds have already been planted in a heart, waiting to be watered…and finally, it is HE who draws men to Christ. Get it? We are but co-laborers with the Holy Spirit.
No wonder the Church is such a mess. We no longer rely upon the Spirit for anything…