Discipleship is a challenging thing. It’s not that the act itself is hard. The challenge comes with getting the exposure of the Word of God to the right ears. This is clearly seen in a recent interview with rapper Ja Rule.
In the interview, he discusses Hillsong Church in New York City. This is a church that had a different “feel” to him. Rather than other churches that he had been to that actually turned people away, he felt that Hillsong practiced what they preached when they said, “come as you are.” The man who grew up as a Jehovah’s Witness had a poor experience with religion early in life and had challenges accepting his faith. He now seems to be on the right road.
This is not an endorsement of Hillsong itself. Without hearing what they’re saying and with what message they’re reaching people, we cannot say whether we support their efforts or not. However, the concept of accepting anyone and everyone who comes into their doors without judging them or turning them away is something that all churches need to adopt. People need to feel welcome at their church. The only way that non-believers can be reached is if the opportunity is taken when they’re ready to hear. Turning away anyone is not true discipleship regardless of their history or condition.
Watch the interview itself on Huffington Post.
via Judeo Christian Church http://judeochristianchurch.com/ja-rule-everyone-feel-welcome-church/