About Jesus    Steve Sweetman

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The Cringe Factor

Lately I’ve heard the term "cringe factor" in reference to a church’s Sunday morning meeting. The idea is that anyone should be able to attend a Sunday morning meeting of the church and not cringe at anything he sees, hears or experiences. Everyone should feel at ease and be totally comfortable.

This means that nothing should be said or done that may offend or cause anyone to feel the slightest sense of discomfort. But is this New Testament thinking?

Did Jesus worry about the "cringe factor" when He sent the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost? I don’t think so. There were a lot of uncomfortable people watching that event.

Did Peter worry about the cringe factor on the day of Pentecost when he told those listening to his preaching that they needed to repent and save themselves from their corrupt generation? He certainly didn’t. (Acts 3:38-41)

In Jesus’ letter to the Pergamum church, (Rev. 3:16) He told them to repent or else He’d come to them and fight against them with the double-edged sword of His mouth. Where’s the cringe factor? Jesus wasn’t concerned about any cringe factor. We shouldn’t be either. We should be more concerned with the truth of the gospel.

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