Misconceptions of the Church/Identity Crisis
-The Church is a buildingThe word church is from the Greek word Ekklesia, which means gathering of people. It really was used more in a political sense in the New Testament times but believers began using it to describe their gatherings
Instead of an abundance of “go and tell” it has become “come and see”
-The Church goer is a consumerYou know you have heard conversations about people church hopping because of better programs, and I know it may not be the heart of any particular church to “steal” these people away, but let’s not be stupid here. It happens. And unity is the single greatest evangelical tool the church has — It shows that Jesus is who he claimed to be.
- What’s in it for me?
- Go where you “feel” good - where you feel “led”
- Many churches aim to provide support over salvation
- Help…over holiness
- And convey the sense of “spiritual equality” and not God-ordained authority
- Many churches also unintentionally encourage spectators instead of participators
- People are invited to “discover themselves” in churches — and self realization and God realization are diametrically opposed
- Consumerism works against the unity of the universal Church.
HT: Anne Jackson