Ah! The profound wisdom of men.
Let me get this straight: To attract a crowd of young-marrieds, we must hire a young preacher with small children.
So Jesus, a middle-aged man could never attract children (Matthew 19:14). A widowed or divorced older man like Paul couldn’t witness to women (Acts 16:11-15). The Apostle Peter couldn’t serve Gentiles (Acts 10). Titus, a young preacher, couldn’t minister to older people (Titus 2:1-3).
The spiritual cannot attract the un-spiritual, a light-skinned man cannot reach a dark-skinned man, a man cannot reach a woman, the strong cannot attract the weak, the born again cannot minister to the spiritually dead. And if we carry this foolishness to a logical end, if we want to attract unsaved people to Christ (or our church), we should hire an unsaved man as pastor.
This is a gospel – not of the power of God (Romans 1:16-17) – but of men. It is a stupid gospel, a false gospel, not worthy of a moment of consideration by believers, but oh so prevalent in the minds of so many foolish Christians. This mindset places the emphasis on a method rather than God’s Message, and a man rather than the Man. It is wholly humanistic.
How much better is the wisdom of the all-wise God. Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase (First Corinthians 3:5-7). Far better to have the increase God gives than the crowds won by compromise.