"10. Most churches are not making disciples. Jesus commanded us to make disciples, not merely new converts (Matt. 28:19). Churches that have focused only on gathering crowds instead of establishing Christians in the faith have been decimated during this lockdown season because they are now left with very few committed members." - Joseph Mattera
Agreed but remember doctrine is all that matters. If you are "making disciples" to follow your dominionist dreams then it be better for the kingdom if you failed. The PDC model does not encourage disciple making. When the pandemic sent everyone home the panic across the pulpits was not about how they were going to feed their sheep. It was about how they were going to collect their tithes.
"What can be the way forward? Here are some suggestions. Church leaders should regularly engage in dialogical communities with leaders of different perspectives, ethnicity, and demographics that can help expand their ability to relate the gospel to contemporary culture. Churches should focus on disciple-making, not just evangelism and drawing crowds. Pastors should consider utilizing expository teaching to educate congregations, not just preaching meant to excite, motivate and inspire the masses. A high-level discussion should ensue regarding how the church can preach biblical principles without adorning the gospel with a political party. The church should utilize entrepreneurial leaders with apostolic, prophetic and evangelistic grace upon their lives so that the gospel will adopt and advance despite the many societal challenges. Entrepreneurial leaders, such as those with the ministry gift of apostle, view every challenge as an opportunity. Above all, the church should always strive to be Christocentric in her character, behavior and message." - Joseph Mattera
Mattera talks a good game but he gives it away in the end. He can talk about not adorning the gospel with a political party but when it is election time? He will replace the gospel with a political party. The gospel does not have "societal challenges." It does not need "entrepreneurial leaders." It is so far beyond "Christocentric." Indeed, the true gospel has Christ at the center, the beginning and the end. Christ is the gospel and Romans teaches us that the gospel is the only thing that contains the very power of God unto the salvation of man. It does not need Joseph Mattera's carnal wisdom or my defense. It just needs to be preached. The pandemic did expose the local church quite a bit. It exposed the purpose driven lies that have been behind the apostate church growth for the past few decades. It revealed that churches did not understand their roles biblically. It forced many churches to run into the open arms of carnal politics as pastors showed they cared more about money than the health of their own sheep. God used the pandemic to expose all of this. Not just the Rodney Howard Browne's of the world but the John MacArthurs, Jack Hibbs and many more. I pray as we head back into the new normal that we were paying attention and that would start to leave these purpose driven charlatans and get back to seek God and His gospel alone. Amen.
Reverend Anthony Wade - February 28, 2021