God’s word, Spirit sufficient to capture souls of the lost
The seeker–friendly churches do indeed draw crowds of curious people.
But how many are saved and stay and grow spiritually? Crowds flocked to Jesus but many turned away after the miracles and wonders ceased.
I agree with Bob Burneys’ article [Willow Creek’s Sobering Confession, Nov. 15] however, he left out another man that has led this movement in many Southern Baptist churches – Rick Warren.
I have a friend in California that saw churches split and hearts broken by the Purpose Driven movement.
When the early disciples went out they depended on Gods’ Word and His Spirit to win the lost. In the last few decades the Church has left the Word and began ‘marketing’ the Gospel like Wall Street promotes new products.
Someone started a rumor about a great end–time revival and men have been trying to bring it to pass. God alone can bring revival and there hasn’t been one truly powerful one in this generation. Christianity is under a great spiritual attack from without and within.
When Paul wrote to Timothy he said the time will come when people will turn away from the truth. II Timothy 3:5 says that people would one day be characterized as “having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof; from such turn away.”
It seems that this characteristic is very evident today.
Believers need spiritual food, not a circus to entertain the un-churched or carnal Christians. May we remember it is The Lords’ church, not ours. He will build His Church.