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An open letter to the church
WND ^ | May 21, 2011 | Ken Hutcherson

Posted on 05/21/2011 5:35:05 AM PDT by Bed_Zeppelin

As the pastor of an evangelical church in the Seattle, Wash., area, I am amazed at the lack of unity of the church in the United States.

Up here in the Northwest, we will never have a problem with running out of constituents. Next to Oregon, we are, I believe, the most unchurched state in the country.

For years, it has been a problem to get the church to do one simple thing, and that is to believe the Word of God does not change, to believe that what the Word of God demands has not changed. In 1 John 3, the writer says there is one thing he wants us to know, and that is to know the Lord Jesus Christ whom God has sent. The second and equally important part of that verse is to love our Christian brothers. I am here to confess that as I look at the church today, both of those concepts, which are of equal importance, have taken a back seat to popularity, acceptance and the desire to be liked. It also tells us in 1 John 3 that simply because we are children of God, people are not going to know us and they are not going to like us.

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TOPICS: Ministry/Outreach; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: culture; ministry; moral
One unsettling fact from this article--"Roughly 4,000 churches are begun every year, while 7,000 die and close their doors."
1 posted on 05/21/2011 5:35:07 AM PDT by Bed_Zeppelin
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

I love you, Pastor Hutch. However, I disagree. The Church (actual believers worldwide - not those who simply call themselves Christians) is in complete unity because they are in Christ. Of course, the Body of Christ is very small, because most are on the wide road.

Yes, the days are dark....but that too was foretold by our Lord. He knows what He’s doing, and what He’s doing is calling out a people to Himself in these last days. And the strong delusion sent is (by design) intended to speed that process.

Our job is simply to continue to be faithful to the last order given - the great commission. Don’t worry - be holy.


2 posted on 05/21/2011 5:59:28 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

Maybe it’s just me but I find it hard to think of people, who believe in homosexuality as a ‘Gift’ from God and who would curse me and label me hateful for disagreeing with them, as brothers and sisters. But then again maybe I’m just a bitter old homophobe!

Many of these same would deny the divinity of Christ or His ressurection! Hey but maybe I’m an old religious fool who hasn’t kept up with the times!

A lot of these same people give the Bible little respect other than cherry-pick quotes that suit them! But maybe I just read way too much into the ‘Study to show yourself approved’ bit.

Is it any wonder that a lot of people don’t find going to church, when it may be run by unbelievers, an attractive thing and why they may not want anything to do with people who are ‘brothers and sisters’ in name only.

Mel


3 posted on 05/21/2011 6:11:35 AM PDT by melsec
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

I am amazed by how many people feel that God is a big, fat buddha God sitting cross-legged in Heaven smiling at the crazy antics of his children on earth and saying “Oh, those little rascals heh heh heh”.


4 posted on 05/21/2011 6:25:31 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

Jesus’s church is always united. Its the artificial constructs that man creates that is often in disarray.


5 posted on 05/21/2011 6:49:03 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Bed_Zeppelin
Couple of thoughts,

1. Have you ever read Phillip Schaff’s History of the Christian Church, 8 volumes?

In volume 7 he discusses the value that the various protestant denominations have, different threads all making some contribution to the Church overall.

So maintaining the unity of the faith would mean giving thanks for the various denomination expressions of faith rather than a bickering and resentful spirit of competition.

But this doesn't mean overlooking doctrinal differences or conflating doctrines. It means understanding those differences and the real basis of disagreement yet accepting them in Christ. With the proviso that they be orthodox Christians and not heretics.

2. I'm assuming you're a protestant. How do you feel about the Roman Catholic Church?

My point is this - many protestants say awful things about the Catholic Church. They shouldn't because of several reasons: a) The Church was for at least 1200 years the guardian of orthodoxy. b) The Church held Euro-barbarians in tutelage, which greatly benefited them, up to the Reformation. c) The Church has for at least 1700 years consistently shown forth the Lord's death, and the Gospel, in the daily Mass held worldwide. This is a tremendous and grand doxology and testimony to the Lord for which all Christians should be thankful.

All protestants, and I am one, should strive to maintain the unity of the faith with the Catholic Church even if it is an asymmetrical unity.

6 posted on 05/21/2011 6:57:43 AM PDT by hfr (Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. (Phil 1:8 partial))
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"1. Have you ever read Phillip Schaff’s History of the Christian Church, 8 volumes?"

No. Will have to google to get some information on that book.

"2. I'm assuming you're a protestant. How do you feel about the Roman Catholic Church?"

I belong to a non-denominational church that's of mixed races with a black pastor. I am white. On occasion, the 29th of this month for example, we take turns preaching from the same pulpit. We do this to show unity. He is of an Assembly of God background while I come from no background at all. Not raised with Christianity and then led to Christ by a man I worked for in the 80's who was of an independent nature when it came to interpreting Scripture.

The Roman Catholic church? I believe that in every church and every denomination, there sit the wheat among the tares, believers and unbelievers. God will sort them out when the time comes.

Those who insist that their denomination is the only saved and beloved of God are on shaky ground biblically, imho. Those who have been born-again by way of the Holy Spirit are eternally saved, no matter what church or denomination they sit in. On the Judgment Day there will be no more denominations, just one Body--the Bride of Christ.

7 posted on 05/21/2011 7:17:38 AM PDT by Bed_Zeppelin
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

Amens to that.


8 posted on 05/21/2011 8:06:04 AM PDT by hfr (Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. (Phil 1:8 partial))
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