Sunday, May 07, 2006
WATERED DOWN CHRISTIANITY
I wonder sometimes where the church is going today. I see such division amongst the brethren and it is disturbing. A lot fo the times things are candy coated.Today's churches seem to be so watered down. I see to much seeker friendly churches popping up all over the place and it is frightening to be quite honest. Churches that are catering to the world instead of being used for worshiping and the feeding the flock. Churches that have restaurants and movie theatres in them. What is wrong with picture? These churches are trying to draw people to church by having this on their properties? What happen to the Lord drawing people to church, does He need help from Ronald McDonald now? The problem is we don't use church for the purpose God meant it to be? The purpose of the church is: (1) teaching Biblical doctrine, (2) providing a place of fellowship for believers, (3) observing the Lord’s supper, and (4) praying. The church is meant for the believer. ” The church is to be a place of fellowship, where Christians can be devoted to one another and love one another (Romans 12:10), instruct one another in truth(Romans 15:14), be kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32), encourage each another (1 Thessalonians 5:11), and most importantly love one another (1 John 3:11).It is there to grow together and learn together so that we can go out into the world and share the gospel with the Lost of the world. The church is to both promote the Gospel and prepare its members to proclaim the Gospel (1 Peter 3:15).Today's churches seem to have more music time then feeding time. Worship is important but so is the word. How can a baby christen grow without the word being preached, he or she needs milk found in the word, eh/she needs to be nourished. To be quit frank, a lot the worship used to day are not biblically sound. It is seeker friendly words; the songs sometimes are not the words of truth and conviction. Finally, I read this once and it is so true. So, with all that said, what is the purpose of the church? I like the illustration in 1 Corinthians 12:12-27. The church is God’s “body” – we are His hands, mouth, and feet in this world. We are to be doing the things that Jesus Christ would do if He were here physically on the earth. The church is to be “Christian” – “Christ-like” and Christ-following.