Monday, March 05, 2007
It's good to see more and more different churches coming out in the open but they all focus on herding people into a big building [be it the traditional "church" building or some meeting space]. And the lures are mere gimmicks.
I'm afraid that Jesus did not say: Invite friends to a big meeting. Nor corral as many people as possible into a room [and call it church]. He said:
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you [Matthew 28:19,20]Making disciples is far cry from herding people once or twice week [with gimmicks, even]. Yes Jesus did party with the sinners but He wasn't busy increasing the membership count. In fact, He did His best to discourage faux followers: Matthew 10:34, Matthew 8:20 [among others]. Somewhere in the process, we've lost His message and are too busy counting the numbers [membership, offering, etc.].
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