Come on down to our church! We’ve got coffee shops, children’s programs, concerts, parents’ day out, raffles, retreats, pristine buildings, and even a monorail to get you from our parking lot to our worship center.
To tell you the truth, many churches look more like carnivals or clubs than churches. The question I must ask is what is the church actually doing –drawing people to a place where their kids can be entertained and compete in intramural sports, while they as parents sit and drink at “holy grounds,” or are churches drawing people into a relationship with Christ? I just wonder if we are selling a lifestyle and not a Savior. I wonder if we are rebranding a dead form of religion that will expire with the next fad.
Paul states in 1 Corinthians 17 “For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
Paul states that he purposely was not eloquent so that the people were not drawn to him but instead drawn to the message of Christ. How many times do we feel the Gospel needs the crutches that we add because we do not believe the Gospel is enough?
My opinion is that many churches are masking a membership that looks less and less like Christ with programs. We are filled with men and women who are unregenerate, yet we comfort ourselves with the numbers of them we get to be involved in our culture.
God hasn’t called the church to be trendy. He hasn’t called it to be relevant as the world defines relevance. He hasn’t called it to be fun, busy, or entertaining. God called the church to be holy. He called it to be loving.
The question that must be asked is if the church should continue to grow bigger and bigger by means of programs and culture or if the church should be defined by the genuine work of God in its members’ lives.