Sunday, August 16, 2015

SIGNS THAT YOUR CHURCH IS SEEKER FRIENDLY.....

SIGNS THAT YOUR CHURCH IS SEEKER FRIENDLY

This is what seeker friendly churches are selling as the word of God in these last days:

Change your Approach – from "Program Driven" read: traditional, to "Purpose Driven". It is about growth and money not the word of God.

Change your Target – from reaching and teaching 
saved fellow Christians to reaching the "un-churched". this is an oxymoron, since church is by definition for the saved. Is "jail" for the "un-jailed"? It is about unity and agreement with the world not the word of God.

Change your Leadership – Move away from a 
membership elected Elder/Deacon/Board leadership
read: Biblical model, and have the staff make all the decisions. In Other Words, let the people whose paychecks depend on the choices decide everything.

Change your Pastors – From a senior pastor model to multiple pastors. (not wrong in and of itself, but they're using this to make up a new "board" of directors)

When you're preaching, tell stories. Give them a vision so they can see themselves and identify with you. In other words entertain instead of teach the word of God.

Use common speech, and drop "religious" words like "sin", "salvation", "judgment", "hell", end times etc. No need to frighten those poor Seekers or have them feel any conviction in their hearts. After all their money is green too!

Enlist Support from the "Legitimizers" in your church. read: have them help you indoctrinate the "rank and file".

Get the people on board who are the easiest to convince – those younger than the pastor, and those who have started attending after the pastor took over. read: lets go after those impressionable un-churched or those new Christians who as yet have little to no discernment. These churches brand knowledgable bible students as trouble makers.  

Put together a "Vision Team": A "small handful of leaders". Choose mature believers, who are "trustworthy to keep their mouths shut" about your plans until "the time is right for it to be shared".  Work quietly and secretly behind the scenes. This screams that they know people won't want the changes, but they don't care – they're deluded into thinking they know best, It's preferred that members of the Vision Team are staff, but others can be used if they fit the profile. This is totally unbiblical, church members as a body are to elect leadership and every important item is to be voted on by membership according to the bible.

Change your Ministry – From staff doing all the ministry to lay ministers doing the ministry. (again, it's not bad in and of itself to use lay-pastors, but they use it to increase indoctrination and "group-think")

Do a Building Project – Build it and they will come. Bigger is always better, except the bible does not say or promote this concept.

Change your Strategy – From Gods plan to a "Life-cycle process" that is "driven by small groups"

Change your Small Groups – from traditional educational groups to "relational" small groups. This is also used to increase peer pressure to accept wrong teaching, and as a format to "seed" in strategically placed proponents to apply pressure to members to conform.

It concerns how we should relate to the world around us; how we make the gospel culturally relevant, rather than the truth and light it was meant to be. Even if that is unpopular.

These churches and their leadership don't care that their  "church" is a mile wide and an inch deep. It's only the numbers and the money that count in the long run. They are running a Sunday country club business that pays them well for very little effort.

If you see even just a few of these in your church, I strongly urge you to do more research! Sadly, what you initially see is probably just the tip of the iceberg! They're taught to do this in secret, to stand for no civil, Christian debate, to vilify anyone with opposing views, and to see their own motives as pure and Biblical. The lack of discernment in these churches and 
their leaders is truly frightening!

This corrupt philosophy relegates God and His Word to a subordinate role in the church. I believe it is unbiblical to elevate entertainment over biblical preaching and worship in the church service.  And I stand in opposition to those who believe salesmanship can bring people into the kingdom more effectively than the word of Almighty God. 

This is of the devil, and is another of his ways to persecute real, Bible-believing Christians.

Sadly the overriding goal is church attendance, money and worldly acceptability rather than a transformed life. Preaching the Word and boldly confronting sin are seen as archaic, ineffectual means of winning the world. After all, those things actually drive most people away. Why not entice people into the fold by offering what they want, creating a friendly, comfortable environment, and catering to the very desires that constitute their strongest urges?  As if we might get them to accept Jesus by somehow making Him more likable or making His message less offensive.  

The Great Commission is not a marketing manifesto. Evangelism does not require salesmen. It is the Word of God, not any earthly enticement, that plants the seed for the new birth (1 Peter 1:23).  We gain nothing but God's displeasure if we seek to remove the offense of the cross and the entire message of the word of God from our churches.

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