The PC movement has been a huge contributor to turning the culture of our nation upside down! For fear of saying the wrong thing, then being criticized, told they’re unloving and called all manner of names, a great many people simply keep their mouths shut out of intimidation. Many churches have buckled under the pressure and watered down doctrinal positions to make them more palatable to the PC crowd. Sadly, a growing number of churches have also bowed to the idol of political correctness.
The apostle Paul instructed that the way to guard against the encroachment of false doctrine into the church is to consistently and persistently teach the truth (2 Tim. 4:1-4). A number of fundamental points of doctrine have been neglected, compromised or, in some cases, discarded by a number of congregations.
The scriptures plainly teach that there is only one true church (Rom. 12:5; Eph. 4:4). That church is identifiable by its faithful adherence to the doctrines taught in God’s word (2 Jn. 1:9). That’s what we used to teach unashamedly. But if there is only one true church, and only those who faithfully believe, teach and practice the teachings of the Bible constitute that one church, then that would mean that all of the churches that do not fit that model would not qualify to be that church. To many, that sounds exclusive, narrow-minded, judgmental and unloving. It certainly is not politically correct. And, it is not being taught in many congregations today, in spite of what the scriptures say.
Congregation after congregation has compromised on the use of instrumental music in worship to God. Some congregations have simply instituted mechanical instruments outright into their worship. Others have implemented two worship services on Sunday, one of them identified as a contemporary service and the other traditional. In the so-called contemporary service musical instruments are used along with, in some cases, choreographed musical productions by soloists and choirs. The traditional service, for those members who do not feel comfortable with the compromises and innovations, conforms to the pattern we’ve always understood and practiced (Eph. 5:19; 1 Tim. 2:12). Some even question the necessity of baptism for salvation.
These examples are in the minority at this point, but the warning bell needs to sound loudly. We need to be a guiding, leavening, straightening influence on our nation, whose culture is rapidly being turned upside down. We must not allow ourselves, instead, to be turned upside down by the insane addiction to political correctness that is taking over the mindset of our nation…
Gary L. Hutchens