Why do we want to look like the world?

The answer is really simple. We want to ‘attract’ people to Jesus, which is a concept found nowhere in scripture. In fact God wants his sona and daughters to be different from the world, not like the world. Yet pastors come out on platforms and stages where there is no pulpit, wearing their faded jeans, rumpled shirts hanging out of their trousers, only to preach stories about themselves (narcigesis) with a few scripture passages thrown in (soundbites for Jesus?), most likely taken out of context to ‘prove’ the heresy of the day, and itching ears lap it up because postmodern Christianity is all about our temporal happiness not God’s glory.

“The idea that you are going to win people tomthe Christian faith by showing them that after all you are remarkably like them is theologically and psychologically a profound blunder.” – Lloyd-Jones, Preaching and Preachers, 140

17 responses to “Why do we want to look like the world?

  1. Is their anything in scripture about the dress code that those in the pulpit must wear a three piece suit? I think you are getting a bit “religious”, like the Pharisees here, Dan.

    1 Corinthians 9:19-23
    19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.

    20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;

    21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.

    22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

    23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.


      • Which is? As usual, I provided scripture to counter your point. Paul became all things to all people to gain them, and yet, your point tells us that becoming like them is not biblical.



        • I asked a question “Why do we want to look like the world?”. I provided what I believe to be the answer: “We want to ‘attract’ people to Jesus, which is a concept found nowhere in scripture. ” Then I described what that looks like.

          The point is that the simple preaching of the gospel to God opened hearts is how God saves people.

          Concerning Paul, he simply meant that he would use their own beliefs and ways to show them the truth. So to a religious Jew he would use the law to speak to them, to a gentile he would use his conscience and culture .

          thanks for stopping by.


  2. I can remember when I thought Randy Stonehill was cool (still do) I don’t know if he was trying to fit in or not (don’t think so because I think he could have made a lot more money in secular music) but if he was he wasn’t successful with the Christians I was hanging around back then. Many of them were into Journey and similar sounding secular bands. There was theology and philosophy in his music and it was Christian and contemporary. I know he did have a following but not among any of my friends.

    I think these days unbelievers can spot a Christian looking cool to fit in in a heartbeat. Hmm…wonder why the believers can’t spot ’em?

    “…postmodern Christianity is all about our temporal happiness not God’s glory.” There you have it, my friend.

    Stonehill trivia: Stonehill made his film acting debut in The Blob sequel, Beware! The Blob (also known as Son of Blob), with Cindy Williams where he performed the unreleased song “Captain Coke”. He also made a cameo appearance in the 1973 Billy Graham film Time to Run, performing his song I Love You.

    A true story: I was watching the “Son of Blob” for a laugh years after it was made and thought I recognized Randy in it but thought “naw, couldn’t be.” Turned out to be him after all.


  3. But the gospel is foolishness to the world.

    The gospel or “good news” means something different to many of these pastors and church leaders and everyday “Christians”. They want to look like the world in many cases because they are not saved. 1 John 2.15


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