In the early 1900’s through the 1960’s, Broadway Presbyterian Church was a powerful witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Upper Manhattan. But from the 1960’s to the 1990’s a subtle change began to take place; change in emphasis stole in as massive feeding programs for the homeless were undertaken church membership slipped from over 1000 to 120. In the soup kitchens, prayers were not even offered over meals out of concern that the clients might resent it. And it was discovered that the same people were coming through the lines year after year, there was no change taking place in their lives. What happened? The decisive point of the battle, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, had been surrendered. Free food doesn’t transform lives; the resurrected Christ transforms lives.
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