Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Hungry Believers

" Hungry believers desirous of a local church to call home & worship with likeminded believers, CANT FIND ONE, because so many that they have visited are too busy jumping onto the latest Christian Trend. Something old, something new, something re-defined, something hip, something “relevant” something pragmatic, something “authentic”. When churches are so busy focusing on these things, you can be sure the simple preaching of the word is being tossed out the window. I actually had one pastor who defined himself as "missional-centered" tell me that preaching isn't enough. For him, the simplicy of preaching the written word of God was not enough! For him it was decided preaching the word wasn't enough to draw a man to Christ, or keep a man in solid teaching. Can you imagine such arrogance? I was stunned to read this.

Teaching about sin, repentance, holy living, suffering and God’s wrath is secondary (if preached at all) since that doesn’t fall in line with the Trend-o-the-week. The small group studies aren’t focusing on these things, so neither should you. The youth group leader isn’t hearing these things in his weekly podcasts, so your kids aren’t hearing it from him (or her). The pastor is reading McLaren or Peterson or quoting Merton, so that’s what you’re going to hear about from the pulpit. And your Bible study leader is using THE MESSAGE & promoting some kind of touchy-feely-happy-warm-fuzzy idea of “redeeming the environment” equaling doing God’s business on earth.

All this, while young or new believers are starving for teachings from the Scriptures.

It’s a brutal, painful and grievous thing to be left wanting solid teaching, when the local churches are being led by a woman, someone preaching postmodern philosophies mixed with Christianese language, or have no pastor at all but forms opinions of doctrine by some kind of community agreement . Influenced by postmodern garbage, or whatever else happens to catch the fancy of the leaders, finding a solid local church any more is not easy, for a lot of people."

-Carla Rolfe from EmergentNo

2 Comments:

Blogger Andy said...

IS this whole passage from that guy?

2:28 PM  
Blogger Kennyo said...

Andy, this is an excerpt from an article written by Carla Rolfe from EmergenNo website. She only referenced one comment from a pastor:

"I actually had one pastor who defined himself as "missional-centered" tell me that preaching isn't enough. For him, the simplicy of preaching the written word of God was not enough! For him it was decided preaching the word wasn't enough to draw a man to Christ, or keep a man in solid teaching. Can you imagine such arrogance? I was stunned to read this."

everything else is written by Carla.

2:40 PM  

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