He said therefore to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” (Luke 3:7-9 NASB)
One approach to ministry that has always confused me is the ‘seeker sensitive’ approach. It seems that in our day pop psychology has everyone so concerned about self; self-image, self-esteem, self-centered, and so on. It’s like we’re breeding for narcissism and histrionics. It is the extreme edge of our American independence. And it’s very dangerous. And it is, in my opinion, a poor basis for ministry.