As I post this from ‘Defrosting Windows’, I want everyone to realize something. Jesus said that “upon this rock I will build My church“, He did not say ‘churches’ . We must understand this! The divisions, sects, denominations, etc are all man made. These have generally come along simply because people want to have their own way or they don’t agree with someone else. The author of ‘Defrosting Windows’ otherwise has done a great job here.
Let me be clear, this is not directed towards any one person. This is a general caution for all of us, me included. Only God knows each of our hearts. I love the Evangelical Church. I love the Organic Church. I love the Simple Church. I love the Missional Church. I belong to one of these Churches. But I wish to caution those who are involved in these movements. I want to caution those who are seeking to change the world. Please hear the cry of my heart and judge for yourself.
Today, there are portions of the Church world that are falling into a trap of despair that is baited with good intentions. They seem to think that if we could just somehow rid the Church of religious trappings, man-made traditions, religious language, re-discover the power of God, return to the book of Acts, (this is all good) that people would come to Jesus in droves, and we would turn the world upside down. They think if we could somehow become clearer representatives of Christ, then we would see the results we so desire. Neil Cole in his book, “Organic Church” expresses the underlying motivation of many leaders today by saying, “It is not enough to fill our churches; we must transform our world.” He goes on to say that the only reason for changing the Church is so that we can change the world. This is a very good and noble intention, but God never promised these type of results, and we should never be motivated by that which God never promises or asks us to strive towards (more on this later in the following paragraphs). Embracing the idea that we will transform the world will lead to striving, sadness, and hope that is deferred. This is a hope that is partly set on the belief that mankind will overall embrace light and turn from darkness. Do not set your hope on man…… read more via Defrosting Windows | “For now we see through a glass darkly…”.