by Josh Helm | 6/28/2010
The question is asked "What can we do because the economy is down we don't have money to advertise to draw people into our programs at our church?" "How will we ever compete with these big mega churches who have all that money?"
Now I realize that this might not be the popular opinion obviously because the majority of preachers are continuing with the same rhetoric as we have been hearing for quite some time. Besides that popular opinion does not mean immunity from error. They continue building programs and pushing church growth schemes down the throats of God's people trying to manipulate what they have in order to turn it into more numbers and ultimately glory for them. There is a sense that it is not an agenda influenced by God almighty but an agenda filled with self ambition, absorption and self promotion. You see it is sad to say but "america church" today has
become nothing except a glorified business. They scheme, manipulate, twist, connive, pervert the gospel into any way that they can in order to have the achieved goal titled "Success". Yes that is right "Success" is the new god that we worship now. All in the name of "Success" we command our programs from the thrones of man which for the most part are self help programs all designed to make you feel better about "self" all while excluding the real problem "self" We don't need to feel better about self, we need to forget about self. This is a foundational truth that Christ made very clear in the word of God in Luke 9:23 "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." Now read this translation in The Message Bible.
Luke 9:23 (The Message)
23-27Then he told them what they could expect for themselves: "Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You're not in the driver's seat—I am. Don't run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I'll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? If any of you is embarrassed with me and the way I'm leading you, know that the Son of Man will be far more embarrassed with you when he arrives in all his splendor in company with the Father and the holy angels. This isn't, you realize, pie in the sky by and by. Some who have taken their stand right here are going to see it happen, see with their own eyes the kingdom of God."
Now, why don't we quit striving in church and start being the church? Lets imagine that as an idea for marketing!
The Apostle Paul said it like this
” I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect ”
This is the presentation that should be coming forth from God's people. A presentation of sacrifice, holiness, righteousness, clearly displaying what a blood bought, sanctified, filled with the Holy Ghost, child of God should look like.
The fact is lights, bells and whistles don’t make people love Christ more. They make people attracted to man made programs that have not the life of Jesus in them. The kingdom of God has no superstars except one, His name is Jesus Christ. There is no name above that name. We are prepared and adorned to be His bride.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Let Christ make His own marketing in you. What better way is there to present Christ than in the flesh. That's right we need to allow Christ to have full reign & residence in our lives.
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
He that hath an ear let him hear…
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