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The Church of No Offense

[This article by Paul Proctor really speaks to so much of what we see in the church today.  The church that uses pragmatic and carnal means and foolishly believes that these flesly tools are going to do a spiritual work.  Sadly, this betrays a complete ignorance of the truth that faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.  The word of God that likewise must be quickened or made alive by the Holy Spirit else it will fall upon deaf ears. 

But such truths are not believed by countless preachers who would rather employ gimmicks, rock and roll, skits, dramas and the like, instead of faithfully preaching the whole counsel of God's word.  And why not because you cannot grow a successful money-making business unless you have a product that will appeal to a mass market.  Peter Drucker taught his church growth disciples well and they are doing their utmost to give the people what they want.   

Enjoy the article...brother Michael]

By Paul Proctor
April 7, 2010
NewsWithViews.com

From compromise to capitulation

There was a time during Jesus’ earthly ministry when the crowds that followed him grew quite large. He had become what we would call today, a “celebrity” and, by those same societal standards, a “success,” even though He had not yet faced the cross for which He came.

The Gospel of John tells about “a great multitude that followed Him because they saw His miracles.” When Jesus looked up one day and surveyed the enormous crowd before Him, He knew they needed to eat. So, taking “five barley loaves and two small fishes” that were found among them, He fed His followers. The men alone numbered five thousand.

Considering the seductive tactics many churches use to draw crowds these days, it is important to note that Jesus did not use food or the promise of it to bribe people into following Him. More…

8 comments on “The Church of No Offense

  1. One of my pastors at my previous church defended his love for Rick Warren’s methods by claiming that “even Christ used food to attract followers!” I knew from that point that I could not line up under that man as an elder. ‘Tis sad that people who claim Christ understand not even the simple narrative.

  2. “We’re no longer compromising or even competing with the culture for “relevancy” – we’re capitulating to it and all its corruption in a desperate attempt to survive. ”

    AMEN!!! Our pastor has always told us just the Word should be enough. It was the discriminating factor between the mixed multitude in the wilderness, ( Israel in the wilderness) Could it STILL be the discerning factor today…SHOULD not the WORD be enough????

    Is it the TRUE CHURCH of the Lord Jesus Christ which is really trying all this stuff because it needs to “survive” ?

  3. Thanks for the post. Proctor hits the bullseye again

  4. Church of no offence? tell them of the offence and see how offended they get….

  5. Richard Ferguson wrote: I absolutely agree that eliminating things based they’re being old is wrong, but equally wrong is keeping them and automatically rejecting newer things on the basis of “that’s not the way we’ve always done it.”

    I am 100% in agreement and believe the church, even the one not associated with idolatrous gimmicks and games, needs to honestly (and often painfully) look in the mirror of God’s word and test herself. Unfortunately, many do not and instead view themselves along with their particular tradition/denomination as being the standard. This negating the fact that many traditions they hold to are the traditions of men and the not apostolic ones once delivered unto the saints.

    But change is hard; very hard actually and when churches get very large and become corporations, they depend on a certain amount of income in order to pay their bills, salaries, fund programs/outreaches, build new buildings, etc. Thus, simply by the nature of the beast, many do not want to risk upsetting the waters too much as the corporation cannot afford to lose too many folks because of its dependence on a steady stream of income.

    Of course there are many other reasons why folks do not want to change as it is not always dollars and cents. Some just like being comfortable where they’re at as change by nature is difficult. Also, you normally will get more amens from the congregation if you point out the speck in another churches eye (or criticizing the lost world) rather than dealing with the plank in your own.

  6. bro michael, are you talking about this false church? Mat 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
    You know what? We can only have pitty on them knowing this, that some were as Paul said;2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
    2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
    What is thet love of the truth that Paul spoke of? Then what is the lie they should believe? There are many and
    they refuse to come to the grace that God has provided in His son that calls one to repentance and trust in that work that he has acomplished and finished in Christ by adding works to it. But then there are those who just have their hearts desires on the things of this world and put their hope in a god that is of their own making who will give them earthly things who is not the God of the bible.
    Sometimes preaching against another church is a fare warning that those who love God should come out and be separate. Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

  7. “when churches get very large and become corporations, they depend on a certain amount of income in order to pay their bills, salaries, fund programs/outreaches, build new buildings, etc. Thus, simply by the nature of the beast, many do not want to risk upsetting the waters too much as the corporation cannot afford to lose too many folks because of its dependence on a steady stream of income.”

    I don’t understand this….doesn’t an institution like this prove, “by the very nature of the beast” that it is not “THE TRUE CHURCH”. Surely, “the church” cannot be a ministy, denomination, organization ect……. It is the group of people “called out by the Holy Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:5

    But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar *people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 1 Peter 2:9

    To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect , Hebrews 12:23

    12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13 For *by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For the body is not one member, but many. I Corinthians 12:12-14

    And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and blood, and people, and nation; Revelation 5:9

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