“We as a society have gone from a scriptural worldview grounded in the Bible and the traditional tenets of the Christian faith passed on for over 2,000 years where truth is determined by God and is universal, to a post-modern view, where truth is relative and subjective, defined by the individual, and is situational,” said Dr. Carlos Alarcon at the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Third Global Gathering at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia on November 3, 2018.
In a moving and captivating presentation, Alarcon, a layman at Mt. Bethel UM Church and a leading physician in his community, first spoke of the challenges facing the church in a post-modern world.
“A faith built precariously on doubts and suspicions is not the faith I know,” said Alarcon. “It is not the faith I profess when we recite the Apostle’s Creed. It is not the faith I model and teach to my children and the children in this church. It is not the faith that leads to life eternal. There is no power in this post-modern gospel. And even worse, there is no hope in it.”
Alarcon then bore witness to his enduring hope and trust in Christ.
“You see,” he said, “I have witnessed the hope that resides in the power of Christ’s cross. So I refuse to build my faith upon suspicions and doubts. Instead, I proudly stand unashamed for the ancient faith that enabled our Christian ancestors to endure trials and tribulations I can barely imagine.”
You can watch and download the entirety of Alarcon’s message by clicking on the play button below. You can also watch and download other messages from the 2018 Global Gathering here. Additional messages from this year’s Global Gathering will be released in the coming days.