PASTOR'S MESSAGE: GOD TO GUYS, 'GROW UP!' 08/25/2010



By Moody Adams
Driscoll, Rev. Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill, a megachurch in Seattle, wrote in the Washington Post about the spiritual underdevelopment he sees in 20-somethings, "the least likely person to see in church." Driscoll laments the immaturity of young men in today’s world.

He says, “In the world, boys who can shave are children who are consumers. In the church, boys who can shave are cowards who are complainers. A buddy of mine calls them evangellyfish because they have no backbone. They don't declare a major, church, theology, or fiance. … They say, "I hate the church. The church just wants my money." As if the church wants his futon, Xbox, light beer, and computer filled with free Internet porn.

The immature who do go to church do not want to hear the above kind of preaching. The Bible predicted, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (II Timothy 4:3-4). These boy men just want to have excitement the tickling of their ears with “positive, nice sermons” in their church services.

The immature do not want to grow up and take responsibility for a wife, a children, making a living, or helping others. But, “Maturity doesn't come with age; it comes with acceptance of responsibility,” said Ed Cole.

The immature thing that they will mature with age. “Some of the people we work with may be spiritually much younger than their chronological age. A prayer I pray often is: 'Lord, let me grow up, before I grow old'," John Wimber.

“Maturity means … to be satisfied more with giving than receiving. Some of you have recently learned that the joy of Christmas is not getting presents but giving them. To see the joy in someone else's face when they get something they either need or want. That is a sign you are growing up. You are discovering the true values of life. … Maturity is learning to get along with other people, to be a help, not a hindrance, to contribute to the solution and not to be always a part of the problem” says James I (J. I.) Packer.


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