There is the suggestion of the present hour: if the world will not come to Jesus . . . shall not the church go down to the world? Instead of bidding men to be converted, and come out from among sinners, and be separate from them, let us join with the ungodly world, enter into union with it, and so pervade it with our influence by allowing it to influence us. Let us have a Christian world. . . .
Certain ministers . . . are treacherously betraying our holy religion under pretense of adopting it to this present age. The new plan is to assimilate the church to the world. . . . By semi-dramatic performances they make houses of prayer to approximate to the theatre; they turn their services into musical displays . . . in fact, they exchange the temple for the theatre, and turn the ministers of God into actors whose business it is to amuse men. . . . This, then, is the proposal. In order to win the world, the Lord Jesus must conform Himself, His people, and His Word to the world. I will not dwell on so loathsome a proposal.
My dear hearers, how much I long to see you saved! But I would not belie my Lord, even to win your souls, if they could be so won. The true servant of God is responsible for diligence and faithfulness, but he is not responsible for success or non-success. Results are in God’s hands.
--Charles Haddon Spurgeon