Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Church Of Who Part 2 (The Reprise)

It is very alarming or a least it should be that the American church is sacrificing and trading in Biblically sound communities for glamour and the allure of going to a "Cool" church. But it needs to be noted that no church has it all, it does one thing well at the sacrifice of another thing. There is balance in the force, at least while we still need to see through frames of sin. If you have a church full of all of the flashiness and splendor of Solomon's house, this is where the energy is spent. What is to be of the discipleship? Evangelism? The worship they have down, at least the smallest part, the singing. Do we need churches that sacrifice discipleship for cosmetics?

We do not, especially when some of these churches are teaching heresy. In my area, there are at least 2 churches who draw large numbers, that teach a gospel other than the one preached by Christ and His followers. Yet they are filling up their beautiful buildings with people desiring an easier church to be a part of, and the churches built in strong discipleship are dropping like flies.

Gal. 1:6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!

This particular blog may make me unpopular, but what does the Bible say? It does not seem that the vast array of programs and services is a reasonable draw to a community that teaches a false or distorted gospel. If it is a gospel other than the one that Jesus preached, it is heresy. If that encompasses your church, let this passage be your guide to truth.

The church was never meant to be easy. God meant for us to be active and heavily involved in the church...all of us. Church should be hard and full of work, because that is what a spiritually thriving church looks like. Drawing a crowd to draw a crowd is dumb. If you are making your church a really easy and nice place to sit in the seat and listen, and sing, then go home. Don't bother. God called for a dirty church full of people with the Gospel in mind, and sharing that gospel in many different ways. You here the excuse all the time from many mega church leaders that getting them in the door is their goal and let God do the rest once there. So they build a giant and beautiful building, and fill it with thousands of comfortable seats. They do dramas, and high octane videos for viewing pleasure, then they teach a watered down gospel at the expense of the Gospel to account for the unsaved in the room. Never, ever offend is their rule. Then months later, their project is full. Full of people, full of programs, full of crap. Most in the room are left having no idea what the Gospel is really about because they have been seduced by entertainment and comfort. This is not the Gospel or the Church. It is a false rip off of what is far more extraordinary. The life, death, and resurrection of our one and only Savior Jesus.


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  1. Hey bro

    Appreciate the thoughts on these posts. I wonder, though, is there even a clear consensus on what real "discipleship" is all about. Many think it's just piling on Bible studies, others think it's going through a class, others think it's people in a room sharing all equally invalid opinions, etc.

    What is needed in place of the recognition that what is offered in today's modern evangelical congregation is a through understanding and implementation of discipleship as modeled by Jesus and the Apostles. That's a GREAT place to start a conversation on solutions and the only place to start to obey.


  2. I think discipleship encompasses several things that need to be satisfied to be full. At least in a church setting.

    Healthy and centered relationships

    Accurate and integritous Bible teaching.

    Missional structure based on Biblical doctrines, not extra-Biblical theories

    So many more things, but what is clear is that many of these churches aren't doing any.

  3. I like what you're throwing down. A key word in there for me is "holistic." By that I mean Jesus didn't live a divided life into sacred/secular but intertwined his life with his followers in a way that they could "learn of him". In that sense, discipleship must be comprehensive, learning to apply the gospel to every situation in life as the solution to the problem of sin.

    This really makes me want to get a pipe and a pint and chat through this stuff....good times.

    Guess it will have to wait until graduation though!

  4. well said, adam. i agree with you completely!
    when can i call you for an interview?

  5. Anytime. Except Wed. Nights. That is youth group night. Still. Remember we used to sing in Mona's band room?