Let us be honest, we don't know how to fix the church


Let us be honest, we don’t know how to fix the church


All over western society we see the church in decline in numbers and in influence.  There are a lot of answers but not a lot of progress.  The Willow/Back churches can point to numbers, buildings and dollars as a sign of their success.  Even though Warren and Hybels have had a tremendous influence on the church George Barna tell us that the church is losing its influence on society year after year.  The “Emerging Churches” I’ve experienced have detoxed church but the reconstruction hasn’t resulted in much change.   A cursory glance at the discussion will reveal that so many of us want church without the stuff we don’t like.  What seems to matter is what we want out of church, not what Jesus wants out of His church.

Maybe it will take another 10 or 20 years of decline before we become humble enough to actually admit we don’t know.  Many of us have reached the point where we admit things aren’t as they should be.  When we begin to think of why we only dig down a level or two and we never get to questioning our foundational assumptions.  I think we have to be brave enough to do that.

  1. #1 by Toni on September 22, 2004 - 1:48 pm

    I guess this is an area where I get frustrated about all the talk of ‘emerging church’. People seem happy to poke their head out of the hole they’re in, but not emerge fully. I needs a church decide formally and determinedly that they want to follow Jesus, rather than their denomination, preference, logic, sensibilities, whatever.

    Jesus said His burden was light, yet there seems to be much gnashing of teeth when it comes to making sacrifices. Yes, I’m talking to me a bit too, but church church is primarily for Jesus, not Jesus for the church. It’s posts like this that make me wish all the denominations were just swept away, leaving a clean vacuum into which He could build.

    Out of interest, have you read ‘the heavenly man’? It gives an example of a church that, while not perfect, was untainted for a long time. Then the western christians started sending more than just support, and caused unthinkable damage that took years of healing.

    It’s a very un-intellectual book that says so much more than just telling someone’s life story.

  2. #2 by Libby on April 15, 2010 - 9:49 am

    The solution is simple: In II Chronicles 7:14, God said, “If my people who are called by my name will:

    1. Humble themselves.
    2. Pray
    3. Seek His face
    4. Turn from their wicked ways

    then, He will hear us, forgive our sins, heal our land (America needs healing) and fix the church!

    Unfortunately, God’s people love their sins more than they love God!

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