Thursday, September 28, 2006


Problem with Modern Church: Maximum Capacity

I had a strange dream this morning about me driving a car and someone else was added as a new rider and then realized that one of the regulars couldn't get on. And then I woke up and thought: that's the problem with church today: maximum capacity. We limit how God can work in His Body by fixating church into a building. It is not about flexible and ever growing Body of Christ but rather of managing space: not exceeding maximum capacity and how to deal with overflows. Modern churches love to own property so that it's easier to add on new buildings to expand. But once the maximum size is reached, then they resort to multiple services, even spreading it out for two days. Yet you have to wonder: why bother? Why repeat the same stuff over and over 2 or 6 times? Why not record it once and replay it (esp. when people are already sitting so far out of the main worship area that they have to watch a video feed in the first place)?

Church is not about space management nor time management. Nor is it about hub management: the church staff and members revolving around the pastor. It's about the Body of Christ. Christ is the one and only head of His Body (Colossians 1:18). Not the head elder and certainly not the "senior" pastor. In fact, Paul makes clear:
Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.
1 Corinthians 11:3
So, the head of every man is not your local elder, pastor, priest, minister or some other local church leader, but Jesus Christ Himself. The One and Only. [Where and how the elders/overseers fit into church is something I'm not sure of right now.]

Note that modern day [re?]interpretation of Martin Luther's "priesthood of all believers" is not Biblical at all: only men (fathers and husbands) are called to be priests of the household. This was true in the Old Testament and didn't change in the New Testament. In fact, 1 Corinthians 11 reaffirms the concept of "priesthood of all husbands/fathers."

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