Gen 3:24 After sending them out, the LORD God stationed mighty cherubim to the east of the Garden of Eden. And he placed a flaming sword that flashed back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
We ourselves could never really draw people to God. Only the Cross can tear the curtain into two. When the curtain is torn, the Holy Spirit, the light in the Holy Place comes out to reveal Christ, His beauty and majesty. For the many churches that has denied Jesus as Saviour from eternal death in hell, the entry to the Kingdom of God is barred by the angel protecting the Garden of Eden. They will not let any to pass through no matter how inclusive we may be. The same cherubin guards the Holy of Holies.
Why are so many GLBT churches failing? despite having very good people, the resources and funding, and a captive outreach without competing churches. Because they draw people to themselves rather than pointing to Jesus. Sermons are preached with repeated interjections of quotes from the likes of Nouwen and Borg. They have made them their idol, the pastors and famous liberal theologians. As long as it doesn’t point to Jesus, it becomes a golden idols.
When we point to ourselves, God becomes distant, and soon a mystery. The image of God becomes our own theological construction, and the Gospel becomes self-centered on our works. Social justice becomes our cry, which we conveniently label even the killing of the unborn as justice! Therefore, we play church, and there is no presence of the Holy Spirit despite repeatedly claiming to be part of the body of Christ. Yet, forgetting that we have not been baptised into Christ, but actually our conversion is unto unbelief and our good works to reach God. Without water and the spirit, we are only trying to progress rather than being born again. So each Sunday, the Pastor would preach to the converted, to point to themselves, and convert to their own man centered theological construction of God. But people need the Lord, not really us.
John 3:30 He must become greater; I must become less.” 31The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all.
As John said, He must increase and we must decrease. In the 21st century. As we decrease and give Jesus all the honor and glory, the responsibility of people coming to Church and drawing close to God, becomes a matter of drawing from Heaven the Holy Spirit of God. For Jesus is sitting at the very right hand side of God, ever ready for an audience to touch, heal and deliver His children.
There is nothing, really nothing for the world to draw from us. We have some wisdom, but it is limited. We may be strong, but soon even the strongest grows weak. When the children of God sees and draw from the Holy Spirit who reveals Christ in all His glory, it is like the well which never dries up, the living water which will quench all thirst.
GLBT Christians are thirsty and hungry. They have attended our churches and found it empty of food, an illusion in the desert and full of bones. But Jesus feeds all who comes to Him. And when Jesus died and rose again on the Cross, He becomes the bread of life.