Modern Day Pharisees

Posted: September 22, 2007 in Theology

I find it fascinating that people, who both call themselves Christians, can read the Bible and both claim it means something completely different.

One conversation/debate that I have had regularly since 2000 (the year I started seminary), is whether the church is for Christians or the lost. In other words is it a hospital or a concert. Are we there to get the sick (lost people) well or to praise (the object of our affection) someone in a specific and calculated way. Hands down I would say that the church (in the corporate sense) is a gathering of believers who are there to praise God and learn about Him.

Where I believe these two thoughts collide is when you start talking about how church operates, or functions. Should it be a “first century” affair with teaching, communion, entertainment, sorry miracles and communal living? Or, should it be a place where lost people can come and hear the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ?

Here is my point…99% of the people that try and point out all of the flaws, faults, and short-comings of pastors don’t have the guts to reach lost people. They want God to bail them out so they can stay squeaky clean, instead of getting messy (fishing is smelly work if you are going to succeed) as they reach the lost.

The church, for anyone who wants to look it up, is a gathering or fellowship of believers. Which means that anytime lost people are in your midst you cease to be a literal, Biblical church. I would venture to guess that very few if any churches in a America possess a copy of Lamb’s Book of Life and are checking people out as they enter the door. Now you can see why Oak Leaf doesn’t try to make that distinction…it’s a stinking waste of time.

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Comments
  1. Joe says:

    Ever heard of the visible vs. invisible church distinction? You might want to look it up since you are a pastor of a local church.
    http://www.reformationtheology.com/2006/05/the_visible_vs_the_invisible_c.php

  2. Bob says:

    Anthony,
    You are right in saying that “Church” is a “gathering of believers.”
    I’m a little confused as to your next statement; “which means that anytime lost people are in your midst you cease to be a literal Biblical Church”…huh?

    I think it’s a pretty good bet that the first century church also could have had unbelievers present at times…so what’s the point of your statement?

    You said: “…99% of the people that try and point out all of the flaws, faults, and short-comings of pastors don’t have the guts to reach lost people…(fishing is smelly work if you are going to succeed) as they reach the lost.”

    Really? That’s quite a statement…how do you know?

    My question would be “how often do you and/or your flock hit the streets to proclaim the gospel to the world?”

  3. Luke says:

    I am not sure if this makes any since. Maybe another latte and you got it. Or perhaps i need another espresso and i will get it.
    First time reader but not the last.

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