Young Southern Baptist preachers chart different courses

Posted: June 23, 2008 in General Discussion, Theology

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I have often struggled with this issue. Having been a member of both types of churches, I prefer the more “traditional” style, because they seem to have more reverence for God. To me, the more contemporary churches seem to feed the wants of people. We’ve all heard the stories of what some churches are willing to do in order to increase the numbers, but I can’t help but to think of what Jesus told Peter “Upon this rock I will build MY church”. So while we are racking our brains trying to come up with something cool or new to build God’s church, we are often neglecting the original architect, Jesus. Back to the basics is what I say. Anyone agree?

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  1. historicprotestant says:

    Bill,

    Here is an excerpt from David Wells new book “The Courage To Be Protestant”. David said,
    “…We intrude into what is not our business when, in our earnest pursuit of success in the church, which we think we can manufacture, we confuse its performance with its nature. Let me explain.
    The church is not our creation. It is not our business. We are not called upon to manage it. It is not there for us to advance our careers in it. It is not there for our own success. It is not a business. The church, in fact, was never our idea in the first place”.

    David goes on to say a few paragraphs later,

    “Churches that want to influence their culture are so often tempted to think that to be effective they must hide their otherworldliness and become slickly this-worldly. They think they must identify with their culture as if they knew nothing but that culture. They imagine that their chief tool, if not their only tool, of influence is friendship with their world.”

    To God be the glory!

  2. lifecypha says:

    Excellent quote and so true. If a person will just sit back and observe what goes on in the average church today, this would be obvious. Thanks for sharing.

    PS. I’m reading that book too.

    Sola Deo Gloria!

  3. angel says:

    You know how I feel about this already. I’m with you on this subject but yet I don’t want to change churches. I pray that God will use me there. I used to think we needed to do whatever it takes to get people in the church doors but I feel like we need to be the church not just inside those 4 walls. If the church members would live as christ followers outside the 4 walls then I don’t think there would be a church house big enough to hold all the members. I don’t think we need all the activities I think we need to repent and live like god has called us to live. But thats just me.
    Love ya,
    Angel

  4. bones says:

    AMEN!
    this was one of the main reasons i had such a hard time finding a church to call home. i need to hear God’s word preached to me in church. i don’t need all the extras that come with church today. sure it’s nice to get together with other christians outside of church to get you thru the week( it’s hard to stay strong when you’re surrounded by lost people all week), but that’s not what a church should put all its effort in.
    i need to hear God preach to me on sundays and i have found that church. thanks be to God that there are still some preachers out there that will stand aside at the pulpit and let God do the preaching and not cater to the world. we have that preacher and assistant(sp) preacher and i can’t thank God enough for them.

  5. Bones it is GREAT to see you on here and that you are in church!!

    Bill what is cypha? The Historic Protestant can not remember!

  6. lifecypha says:

    Cypha means story. I got the name from a christain rap song from CrossMovement called “My LifeCypha” which means life story. In the song the guys are giving their testimonies. And it sounds better than the nickname I had in the Air Force. “Mookie”

  7. bones says:

    thanks jennifer

    tell your brother i said hey

  8. Cooke says:

    You know what i am going to say, I agree with you. Where are the days when people would line outside waiting to get in, standing around the outside trying to peep through to hear the word, (only the word and not some comic,drama team or any other foolish act) like they did during the Great Awakening when Whitfield would preach just the Word. Or Jonathan Edwards would preach just the Word. I have yet to be in a place where people are so thick in the church house that when the preacher and his wife tries to make their way to the pulpit he loses her in the shuffle, this happened to Charles Spurgeon. My point being is these men of God focused on the power of God’s Word to bring about redemption, and it did!! They did not have a coffe cafe to draw people in or a rendition from the youth about some biblical story to get people to come to church, NO. They prayerfully, is that a word oh well, relied solely on the Word of God, that was rightly divided and correctly taught to draw in those of God’s elect to His kingdom. Why do we think we need more than that today and when did this transformation from power of the word to power of entertainment start? Maybe I am babbling on but this is serious, we have a form of godliness but deny the power there of!! In the Love of Christ, God Bless.

    p.s. “mookie”? hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

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