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Insight Into the Carnal Purpose Driven Church Growth Scheming Mind

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The purpose driven church service is called an experience. It is a production, a show, a spectacle. It is designed to entertain. Jesus said He came to bring a sword that would divide families against themselves but the church today is so compromised away from this that their leaders think the number one sign your church is mediocre is that it has bad singers. Wow. Now, I am not suggesting that people who truly cannot sing should be in the choir but to pretend this is the reason why your church is mediocre is ridiculous. Beloved, if the unsaved do not wish to come to church I assure you it is not the fault of the talent level of the musicians. It is because they do not want God.

"Drill a little deeper, and you soon discover the people who realize this is a problem are far to scared to do anything about it. They feel paralyzed. How do I tell them? I'll hurt their feelings. Hey, they LOVE doing it. How can I tell them they don't have the gifting? And so we let the concrete of mediocrity harden and set because we're too scared to do anything about it. Instinctively you know you've caved into cowardice, but you just can't muster up the nerve to have the hard conversation. If you recognize yourself in this scenario, just know you have to make a choice. You either choose the feelings of three people who can't play or you choose the future and the dozens or hundreds of people you might reach if you actually improved your music." -- Carey Nieuwhof


People are reached through the music. Says no biblical text anywhere. Where is the sufficiency of the Gospel? Where is the sufficiency of Christ? This is what is fundamentally wrong at the heart of purpose driven theology. Warren teaches that it is the pastor who is responsible for the horizontal growth of the church when according to Acts 2, it is solely to responsibility of God. The pastor then abandons his actual responsibility -- oversight of the flock.

"2. Bad Production. In addition to sub-par music, many churches settle for bad production"poor sound, poor lighting and a mediocre team running it all. Often this is a case of trying to do too much. You're better off to have a few good tech things (like a great set of speakers or a few good lights) than to try to do many things poorly. Most churches overshoot their ability here, trying to get as much as possible for very little money. When faced with limited resources (and we ALL have limited resources) investing in a few quality pieces always beats buying a lot of cheap pieces. It's also important to find people who know how to run what you've bought, or even to invest a little in bringing in an expert who can train your team on how to run it. Having a decent soundboard and excellent speakers don't help much if your team has no idea how to run it. When it comes to production, doing a few things well always beats doing many things poorly." -- Carey Nieuwhof

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