I was told last week by an acquaintance that we needed to study the “church growth principles” of the mega churches in certain cities that he specified. The “old” (whatever that means) church of Christ “will never grow,” he warned, unless we do. We should begin by polling those members of our fellowship who have left.
A politician who has his ear constantly to the ground is not a leader, and neither is a church that emphasizes the need to “meet the needs” (selfish desires) of its community. Worldly people do not express spiritual, Godly thoughts; at best they grope and ache for something they cannot define. “Men,” the Apostle Paul declared, “would seek (God) and find him, though he is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:27).
Sixth-grade math students do not get to choose their curriculum; nor do basketball teams get to dictate to their coach what training regimen they prefer (at least, not the ones that win).
A central Biblical theme is that man does not know what’s best for him, that he needs God to guide, teach, and command him! “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end, it leads to death” (Proverbs 14:12).
“A good leader,” Martin Luther King once said, “is not a searcher of consensus, but a molder of consensus.”
Are we leading our community, or following it? Do we compromise in our desire to grow at any cost? Do we proclaim or pander?
The funny thing is that the big-time church my friend attends … has diminished about 40% in the last five years. There have been divisions and departures. By seeking consensus, they have not grown.
May I suggest that instead of polling members who get mad and leave the church, we poll the Master?

2 Replies to “Consensus”

  1. This is an excellent article.
    Anyone who has taken the time to study what is actually being taught in the “mega” congregations know that they have departed from the truth.
    “Saturday night communion” offered to those who might be inconvenienced by attending on Sunday. Like instrumental music?
    We have that also: That is offered at the 8:30 a m service for the “young at heart.” 10:30 am for the “old foggies” who still want to hang on to the “old stuff.”
    a)John 12:48
    b)Matthew 7:13-14
    c) Matthew 7:15 ( many are these “false prophets”
    d) Rev 22:18-19
    The “megas” are interested in “numbers” NOT TRUTH.
    GOD will explain this to them when He asks them if John 12:48 was ripped from their Bibles.
    So Sorry, it is too late then.
    Preacher: “popularity”
    Elder: ” popularity”
    Congregation “BigNumbers”
    = Formula for Departure and Eternal Damnation

  2. The Church is not meant to be a thermometer (adjusting to every whem of its surroundings) but a thermostat (setting the tone of what goes on in its surroundings). And the only way to set the tone is God’s way, not my way.

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