Thursday, June 26, 2008

Sobering (and accurate) thoughts from one of my mentors and heroes in ministry...

As long as there is a strong emphasis on church membership rather than on Christian witness and sacrifice…
As long as the book of Acts is ignored in favor of books on church growth and mission strategy…
As long as worship is something we attend rather than something we do…
As long as the focus is on “missionaries” rather than on the whole people of God…
As long as the gathered church refuses to be the scattered church…
As long as Christians believe that church is a place of solace rather than a place of work…
As long as planning and decision-making is entrusted solely to the leadership…
As long as interest in humanity and the world is replaced by self-interest…
As long as we identify “minister” with clergy status…
As long as the pastor remains “the answer man”…
As long as we refuse to acknowledge that the Old Testament distinction between priest and people has come to an end…
As long as we love our churches and our organizations more than we love Jesus…
As long as we go to church in the mood of a spectator and not a participant…

...the church will never be a freed and freeing Body, equipping all believers to be agents of the kingdom of God.

From David Alan Black's article, "As Long As."

2 comments:

Kurt said...

Sobering is right.

The CGM/PDC has so infiltrated the minds of pastors that most have forgotten that souls are won to Christ when repentance and the remission of sins are preached in Christ's name to all nations.

geoffrey kirkland said...

Amen, Kurt. Keep it up, bro.

Blessings...

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