“The glory of the gospel is that when the Church is absolutely different from the world, she invariably attracts it.”
-D. Martin Lloyd-Jones, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount
What a shocking statement to the modern Christian. The mindset today is one of becoming as much like the world as we can to “attract” sinners. What a travesty this is as the Church becomes powerless to fight sin, as she becomes more like sinners than Christ. What attracts sinners is the very fact that Christians are different, being free from the bondage of sin itself. Why then do we think we can attract those who inwardly long to be free from the power of sin in their lives if we are inviting sin to once again reign in ours?
Dr. Lloyd-Jones continues…
“The glory of the gospel is that when the Church is absolutely different from the world, she invariably attracts it. It is then that the world is made to listen to her message, though it may hate it at first. That is how revival comes. That must also be true of us as individuals. It should not be our ambition to be as much like everybody else as we can, though we happen to be Christian, but rather to be as different from everybody who is not a Christian as we can possibly be. Our ambition should be to be like Christ, the more like Him the better, and the more like Him we become, the more we shall be unlike everybody who is not a Christian.”
Just think about it.