Keep in mind, the church is not the Church. Small "c" means thet building. Capital "C" means Christ's body.
- Spirit-led, not man-led
- Glorifying God, not humanistic
- Use of gifts to help serve people and God, not show casing human ability
- Holy, not worldly
- An organism, not an organization
- Loving, compassionate, hospitable
- Leaders with egos that can not see past their own accomplishments to see the hurt in some.
- Worried about growth in numbers instead of growth in spirit.
- Entertainment focused and "jamming" instead of true worship (putting God first).
- Lost in culture and becoming immune to the world's sickness.
- Business and less personal, more worried about reputation than character
- Divided, hypocritical, worried about reputation instead of character
- Bad examples because the world sees no difference between living a Christian life and a non-Christian life.
- "Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to, and from pig to man again but already it was impossible to say which was which."
And the last thing, the Church is not INSIDE a building. It goes OUT to the world. Too many people think the church building is the place to get saved. No, technically the church building is for the Church. You get saved in your heart, not a building. But still the church building is there for a reason as well. It is a place of worship and education but it is also a place where people can feel safe and comforted; a haven, if you will. The building is a symbol of where someone cango who is feeling down and out because the world has beaten up on them. When people come into the church building they want to feel safe. They want to forget their troubles that the world and culture has caused them. Yet, what does the Church offer? Programs, sermons, and worship that is filled with the same culture that destroyed the individual in the first place, and mostly just to get a good reputation in the community. It's like an alcoholic goes to church and the Church offers them a drink and people think the church is cool then.
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