We worship humanity, and God is looked upon as a blessing machine!
If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread. – MATTHEW 4:3
It is this temptation which has betaken the Christian church today. We worship humanity, and God is looked upon as a blessing machine for humanity!
We find it in the most spiritual movements of all. For instance, watch how subtly the missionary call has changed. It is not now the watchword of the Moravian call, which saw behind every suffering heathen the face of Christ: The need has come to be the call. It is not that Jesus Christ said “Go,” but that the heathen will not be saved if we do not go. It is a subtle change that is sagacious, but not spiritual. The need is never the call: The need is the opportunity. Jesus Christ’s first obedience was to the will of His Father–“Behold…in the volume of the book it is written of Me, I delight to do Your will,” and, “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” The saint has to remain loyal to God in the midst of the machinery of successful civilization, in the midst of worldly prosperity, and in the face of crushing defeat….
The insinuation of putting human needs first – success first, has entered into the very domain of evangelism, and has substituted “the passion for souls” for “the passion for Christ,” and we experience shame when we realize how completely we have muddled the whole thing by not maintaining steadfast loyalty to Jesus Christ.