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Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Church For People Who Don't Like Church
Steven Long July 29

Over the last three posts we have briefly examined the seeker culture and why it is not totally Biblical. As I stated in the first post, their ideas are commendable–a desire to lead others to a saving knowledge of Christ. However, the methods go beyond what should be.

I guess this post could be considered a sort of tie-in with those posts. One of the main strategies of the Seeker church is to start a church for "people who don't like church."

So what are these pastors who conduct church for people who don't like church really doing?

First, remember that the church is supposed to be a community of God's people. I am certainly not opposed to the lost coming into church–by all means, bring them in so that they may be convicted by the preaching of the gospel. But pastors, please do not conduct a service solely revolving around lost people. The church is a corporate gathering of God's people to worship God, not to entertain those who may come in looking for a "cool" place to hang out for a Sunday morning.

Second, those who say they hate church are really saying they hate God's people. 1John 3:14 makes it clear that love for God's people is a clear indication of regeneration. If a person hates being around or in the presence God's people then he/she is probably not a Christian.

Third, those who are unregenerate are enemies of the cross (Phil 3:18) hostile to God (Ro 8:7) and consider the things of God foolishness (1Cor 1:18). They also, being in their dead state, have no spiritual discernment in order to receive truth until God removes the veil from their hearts (1Co 2:14). If this be the case, why then would pastors want to build a service around them?

Fourth, the church's mission is to make disciples (Mt 28:20). Too many pastors are concerned with being "relevant" or "cool" and forget their God-given responsibilities–to equip the saints for the work of the ministry (Eph 4:11-14).

Fifth, the meeting of God's people to worship Him is something of utmost seriousness. God does not allow us to come into His presence any way we choose (John 4:23-24). God gave His people regulations in the Old Testament to worship Him and although we are now living beneath the cross He still desires worship in the Spirit, which lost people cannot do because they do not have the Spirit of God dwelling in them (Ro 8:4).

The entire idea of a church for people who hate church is non-Biblical. If church is a gathering of God's people than to conduct services for any other purpose or motive goes against the clear teaching of Scripture. Keep this in mind the next time you are tempted to coddle the lost rather than preach the Life-giving Words that can save them.

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At July 29, 2012 at 2:59 PM , Blogger val said...

A gift for you from the wilderness... God is precise: It is a woman Rev 12 that delivers the true word John1:1, Rev 12:5, Rev 12:13 who restores Acts 3:21 all things to the world before Christ’s return. This woman exposes the lies of Satan who has deceived the whole world Rev 12:9. This woman creates a new thing in the earth by fulfilling God's promise to Eve Gen 3:15, Jer 31:22, Isa 14:16. Moses and Elijah are together with the word Matt 17:3 they all three are in this one woman. She is like unto Moses Num 12:3. She was raised up Acts 3:22 from the Laodicean church that becomes lukewarm because they refused to hear her Rev 3:14-17. She is bold like Elijah Matt 17:11, Luke 1:17. As Elijah was alone declaring the true God to the people 1 Kings 18:22 so also her witness alone turns the hearts of the fathers to the children Mal 4:5-6 to prepare a people for the Lords return before the great and dreadful day of the Lord Matt 17:3, Luke 9:30. Those who will not hear Acts 3:23 the true word of God she now delivers to the world free of charge, as a witness, at the heel of time from the wilderness Rev 12:6 will not be allowed inside the walls of God’s coming kingdom from heaven Rev 21. This true testimony of the true value of the blood of the Lamb delivers the truth that not one child of God will be put in a hell fire no matter what their sins. It never entered the heart or mind of God to ever do such a thing Jer 7:31, Jer 19:5. God created evil Isa 45:7 to teach his children the knowledge of good and evil Rom 8:7, Gen 3:22 so that at their resurrection they become a god Matt 22:29-30, Ps 82:6 and are placed Ezek 37:26 in God’s world. Prove all things. You cannot rightly judge this unless you read all that has been written by this woman first Pro 18:13. Start here http://minigoodtale.wordpress.com
God has all power, Satan has none. God will not fail at saving anyone 1 Cor 13:8. Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess to God Rom 14:11. When they confess God is just to forgive them and cleanse them from all unrighteousness 1 John 1:9, each in their own order 1 Cor 15:23 according to their hearts of love. Many are called few are chosen to live forever in his coming New Jerusalem Rev 21 on the new earth in the new heaven, none will be lost John 17:12 except one, Satan's son the son of perdition. All of God's children will have a place Ezek 37:26 all will be given new hearts and new minds some justly will be placed in outer darkness Matt 8:12.

At August 3, 2012 at 8:46 AM , Blogger Steven Long said...

I have no idea what you are rambling about, but I don't follow unnecessary links. Please read the blog rules found in the navigation bar at the top of the page before commenting again. Thanks.



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