True Reformation part 1
How do we “fix” the problem? My church is not growing, what conference and church growth technique can I use to “fix” this problem? Our church seems stale and boring, what do I do to fix this? If you are asking these questions then you have missed the point entirely. The questions themselves indicate that we have already bought into modernity and have become worldly in our thinking.
Dr. David F. Wells in his excellent book, God in the Wasteland: The Reality of Truth in a World of Fading Dreams, writes this:
The fundamental problem in the evangelical world today is not inadequate technique, insufficient organization, or antiquated music, and those who want to squander the church’s resources bandaging these scratches will do nothing to stanch the flow of blood that is spilling from its true wounds. The fundamental problem in the evangelical world today is that God rests too inconsequentially upon the church. His truth is too distant, his grace is too ordinary, his judgment is too benign, his gospel is too easy, and his Christ is too common.
Dr. Wells is absolutely right. The issues of technique, organization and music are real ones, but they are only symptoms of a much deeper problem. “Fixing” these issues, does not address the underlying problems, and only serves to mask the real issues. Applying business techniques to the church brings in pragmatic methodologies and solutions that might, for a time, create an illusion of health. But what about the fact that God rests lightly on the church? How about the issue that the holiness and righteousness of God is nothing more than an antiquated ideology? How about the loss of objective universal truth that is true for everyone everywhere? Do we understand the difference between biblical grace and easy, ordinary, cheap grace? Do we believe in a God of judgment? Do the members of our congregation even understand the gospel message? Has Christ become too common, or maybe he is just an idea or even a “friend” who looks, thinks and acts just like us?
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