Dave Black writes an stinging critique of the American church and says that bigger isn’t better, when talking about the enormity of the buildings.
Friday, March 18
6:30 PM Why are we so easily deceived into thinking that bigger is better? We take pride in the enormity of our church buildings, the number of people we have in our congregations, and the size of our budgets. Isn’t this just selfish ambition? I propose to handle this issue in Godworld: Enter at Your Own Risk, my book on kingdom living. It is a deep and difficult subject. But it is worthy of reflection and must be tackled. Lord willing, I hope to get much of this writing done while we are in Dallas.
The tragic truth is that the American church is very unlike Jesus.
I’m reminded of a passage from 2nd Peter; which shows us how we can grow bigger in Christlikeness.
2Pe 1:5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge,
2Pe 1:6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,
2Pe 1:7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.
2Pe 1:8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. ESV
The problem with God’s ways is that its easier to quote about His ways, then what it is to put them into practice… Lord I pray that you will cause these things to be a reality in my life.