Doesn’t Solve Everything 2…

Posted: December 12, 2007 in Church Leadership, Theology

Jesus doesn’t change someone’s personality. They might be more friendly or more interested in philanthropy, but they aren’t all of a sudden going to start being the hardest worker, or the most passionate, or now interested in playing guitar. When people “get saved” they get the Holy Spirit, forgiveness, and a new set of “brothers” and “sisters.”

However, it seems to me that when we decide that everyone is going to get along if everyone knows Jesus, it’s not much different then saying if everyone has to be a Christian our country will be great.  Throughout Christianity people have used this logic to justify ridiculous behavior (forcing people to convert or die).  The result is a critical need for discipleship for new converts.

When Christian leaders chase only after converts and only invest minimal energy and thought to discipleship we contribute to the myth of the contemporary church.  It has been said that the modern church is an inch deep and a mile wide.

I can say at Oak Leaf Church we are constantly tweaking and thinking how to effectively move people from where they are to where God wants them to be.

I am in no way trying to write a treatise on the History of Christianity, but I do believe that it is important to point out that more converts don’t necessarily means better anything.  Instead it usually means more more disagreements about the specifics,

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