And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:47)

For those who think that the seeker sensitive techniques regurgitated by the “modern” church growth movement are new I present “Shipwrecks,” a section of chapter five of D.L. Moody’s little book Secret Power originally published in 1881.

When the great evangelist talks about the offence of the cross (Galatians 5:11, KJV) he is expressing time-honored truth about the presentation of the actual Gospel which includes the world’s rejection of Jesus Christ Himself.

D.L. Moody speaks down the corridors of time here as he writes:

If you talk of a personal Christ, your company becomes offensive; they don’t like it; they want you to talk about the world, about a popular minister, a popular church, a good organ, a good choir, and they say, “Oh, we have a grand organ, and a superb choir,” and all that, and it suits them; but that don’t warm the Christian heart. When you speak of a risen Christ and a personal Savior, they don’t like it; the fact is, the world has come into the church and taken possession of it.

Also for those who may not have seen this earlier post on an important related subject I encourage you to check out D.L. Moody Says Don’t Read Brian McLaren