As the smallest amount of poison is as deadly as the largest amount, so the least appearing sin is as damning as the greatest sin.
So in the error and false doctrines besetting the visible church it is not only those who whole-heartedly succumb to error but those who take elements of erroneous doctrine and practice and adapt them for their own use as churches who place themselves in eternal peril.
There are always those who will look at Christian doctrine and Bible teaching and discard what they regard as non essential, offensive or as something for later consumption. It is almost as if they are asking themselves “how much or how little of the gospel can I preach to believer and unbeliever alike and still be able to regard myself as a biblical Christian”?
Others look at the emerging phenomenon in the Church and ask whether they can be adapted to our particular use and circumstances. They may seek to shear it of some of the more dubious and controversial aspects but they still feel that if it works for them it will work for me, at least to some extent.
The person while not claiming to be a “Charismatic” who cherry picks aspects of their worship or the evangelical minister who picks out ideas from the “Seeker sensitive” and market driven “mega “ churches may be on the same highway to error as the full blown proponents of these sometimes scripturally dubious practices.
Where did this “monkey see monkey do” attitude come from?
A person can be sincere in their beliefs yet still be in error.
There are certainly sincere Bible believing people in these movements but there is also a great deal of spiritual quackery, false doctrine and a watering down of the gospel.
We can certainly imitate them in their zeal but before we jump in “boots and all” we need to measure all things by the Word of God and look at the actual spiritual fruits they bear.
While so much of church doctrine and practice is being thrown out wholesale we would be wise to look more closely at what we are actually hoping to accomplish by doing so and what vital and fundamental scriptural truths we are departing from.
Mega church Mini Gospel.
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.2 Timothy 4:3
As I have often pointed out it is my belief that true doctrinal Christianity and the hearty proclamation thereof is largely disappearing from much of the Church today.
What is left is little more than a caricature of the gospel once delivered to the saints and Christianity very different from scriptural ideals.
However much you may disagree with me, it would pay for each one of us to look again at what we are enjoined to believe as Christian and commanded to obey and practice in the Bible and compare it with much of what is taught and practiced today.
It could be said that C.H Spurgeon was one of the first pastors of a “mega church”.
He had consistently large congregations flocking to hear him Sunday by Sunday and other times.
He was widely published in his writings and the printing of his sermons and was under constant scrutiny, much of it hostile.
Yet from first to last he consistently preached the gospel of Jesus Christ. Although many disagreed with his Calvinistic belief, he had many admirers among the Wesleyans and other denominations.
Not only was he faithful in his preaching of the historical gospel of Christ but he was also tireless in social and charitable work as seen from his founding an orphanage and other charitable organizations.
If he could do all this and still preach and teach a large church the “whole counsel of God” without fear or favour, why cannot the “big name” Church leaders and anyone else do the same without compromising the truth, watering down the gospel way of salvation or adopting worldly market driven methods to attract great numbers of people and then not seeking their conversion and lasting salvation by preaching an uncompromised gospel.
Vision Casting!: My way or the Highway!!!
“Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.” 2 Corinthians 1:24
“Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,and whoever wants to be first must be your slave–“ Matthew 20:25-27