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The Purpose-Driven Industrial Complex Defends Andy Stanley

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As the key verses today highlight, the plan that God set up in Acts was for the church to be for the saints, not the unbelievers. The shepherd is supposed to tend to the flock entrusted to him -- no constantly be looking to replace them. God sees to the number that grows the body horizontally, not man. It is the job of the pastor to grow the flock vertically. Now as we have discussed the increase in media and social media can contribute to less interest along with the moral decay of society. The question is what is the church supposed to do? God has a plan that He outlined in the Bible and it is only the arrogance of man and NAR theology that think He needs us to figure out a new plan. Is the Gospel sufficient anymore? Narrow is the way so we must ditch the mega church mentality that has dumbed salvation down to three sentences and a Shape application. The church seems like a club? Good! We are supposed to a people set apart! We are supposed to be a peculiar people! The Gospel is meant to divide! Stop following blind carnal leaders trying to grow a monument to worldly greatness. God has given us the only thing with the power to save and that is the Gospel.

"5. Too Many Of Us Are Answering Questions No One Is Asking. Too many preachers are answering questions no one is really asking anymore. For example, many times in messages I've outlined the manuscript evidence that shows the scriptures we have today are in fact, with only tiny, minor variations, the scriptures that were written long ago. In other words, we're quite certain that the version of the first letter of Paul to the church in Corinth that we have is what Paul actually wrote. That's important to know (and important to me) for many reasons. And a generation ago that would be enough to convince people to lean in a little harder. Today, though, a growing number of post-Christians would say "I don't care whether what you're reading was the original letter from Paul himself. So what?" That's an entirely different line of questioning. So many preachers are still covering the what of Christianity, (which is important), but ignoring the so what. In every area of our communication, we should be drilling down the core issues. If you fail to answer the 'so what', you fail to answer life's deepest questions. For all of these reasons and more, I think Andy is right: we need to reach back the origin of our faith to help reach the next generation." -- Carey Nieuwhof

Beloved the act of salvation is a supernatural act of God. Not a result of questions and answers among men. The preacher presents the Gospel and the Holy Spirit draws the sinner to repent. If you want to get into the manuscript evidence that is great window dressing but you cannot convince anyone to become saved. Notice the argument Carey is making is that there is some design or strategy he can implement that will lead to church success but there is not. Andy is not right; he is a heretic. Carey is not right; he is the heretic's marketing strategist. It may sound harsh but it does not matter what the goats want. It has always been a matter of what they need.

Reverend Anthony Wade -- October 2, 2018


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