August 5, 2008

So, ever since my last post, I’ve been struggling with some questions that I believe must be considered by all Christian leaders, especially preachers and church planters who endeavor to transform culture both inside and outside the church.

These questions are-

1. Why is the standard of Biblical literacy so low among church goers?

2. Why is the standard for church leadership so low? Why aren’t the qualifications in 1 Tim 3 and Titus 1 used in determining who should shepherd the flock? Whatever happened to being ‘called’ into eldership, rather than being ‘nominated and voted’ into the role?

3. Why are Christians (on the whole) uneducated/undereducated on the ‘deeper’ things (i.e. doctrine, sotierology, theology, ecclesiology) of the faith so much so that it is easy for false teachers to disseminate false teaching?

4. Why is ‘worship’ quickly becoming an over-used adjective and hence a misunderstood concept?

5. Why is man-centered theology overtaking God-centered theology?

6. Why are concepts like the ‘social justice’ gospel, ‘prosperity’ gospel, ‘eco-friendly’ gospel, ‘tolerance’ gospel, etc missing the point?

7. Why are Christians so eager for prophecy that they ignore the Biblical guidelines/standards for its use?

8. How does the church today mirror the parable of the sower in Matthew 13?

I’ve taken the past month and a half since my last ministry job to sit back and take inventory of all of my perceptions/experiences as a follower of Christ, and I’m noticing that (as Matt Chandler has put it many times) the God/Christ/Christianity of the Bible is different than the God/Christ/Christianity that is taught in most of the churches of which I’ve been a part. In other words, I love what I read in the Bible, and I am becoming increasingly disheartened by the way it is being translated into our modern context.

So what do we do about it?


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