Friday, April 4, 2014

Comfortable, Fun And Entertaining

Today, I'll let R.C. Spoul and John MacArthur do some heavy lifting for me as I continue to explore the Church Growth Movement.

As these men so eloquently show, the Seeker Sensitive model that serves as a foundation for the Church Growth Movement depends on deliberately ignoring the Scriptural doctrine of human depravity and helplessness. It assumes that, with just the right marketing techniques, we can convince non-Christians that they really want the God that we offer. Very subtly, we convey the idea that they have sought God, and therefore He awards salvation to them because they sought Him.

Nothing could be further from the truth, but the Church Growth Movement can't survive by simply proclaiming the Gospel and trusting God with the results. The idea that we can sell them on Jesus by making church comfortable, fun and entertaining leads us to accommodate them when we should devote our attention to honoring the Lord.

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