Mack Lyon: More from the Chronicle’s interview
September 26, 2005
Here are some excerpts:
“The church is in crisis right now. I think everyone would have to agree that knows anything about the situation. I believe that the solution of this is a recommitment, or maybe a first-time commitment on the part of some, to get back to the Word, to get back to the Bible. I really believe that’s the solution to it.
“I understand about the new thought that’s called postmodernism. And I understand the idea that there’s not supposed to be any absolute truth, that everything’s relative. And I understand this idea of inclusivism. But I also believe that the word of God is true and it remains true and that it is the power that we have to convert people.
“Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians that the Jews require a sign. Well, a lot of people today want a good feeling. It’s, ‘Make me feel good when I come to church. Don’t tell me I’m a sinner.’ And that’s what they’re requiring. …
“We cannot let public opinion or any kind of an ecumenical movement supplant or take the place of us preaching Christ Jesus. And I think when we get back to that, we’re going to see the church grow again. I think what we’re doing now is swelling. Swelling instead of growing. We pretend we’re growing and we’re swelling. We’ve got a lot of people who have come to be among us, but if you ask them what they believe, they wouldn’t know.
“And there are people in this world that really want to know what they believe and they want to believe something enough that they can grasp it and it’s going to change their lives and give them hope at the grave. And I think we’re missing that in many of our congregations, and we just must give people a faith they can live by and die by.”