-Church Today Not What God Intended?

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The Christian Post put up some observations by mega pastor Francis Chan about the American Church.

Pastor Chan questions whether today’s church is anything like what God originally intended. Here’s some of the quotes –well worth reading:

"You go to a building, someone gives you a bulletin, you sit in a chair, you sing a few songs, a guy delivers maybe a polished message, maybe not, someone sings a solo, you go home."

"When you read the New Testament, you see the Holy Spirit was supposed to change everything so that this gathering of people who call themselves Christians had this supernatural element about them."

"Do you really see this supernatural power at work when the believers gather together for what we call church? Isn’t it the same Holy Spirit that’s supposed to be available to us today? Why is it so different?"

"I heard one person say the church nowadays is neither super nor natural," he says. "Everything is predictable and everything is expected."

"There’s a truth to that. I feel bad about it. Being around a church culture, even leading a gathering of believers, I’ve gotten pretty good at predicting what’s going to happen in a church service. Was that the way it was supposed to happen?"

"When Jesus said this power (of the Holy Spirit) would come upon you, it really did come upon them and they were powerful beings (Jesus’ disciples). Why is it that in the church so many people are weak or defeated or we get so insecure because we look at ourselves rather than God? It doesn’t make sense."

“…the response among His people today is: "Hi, welcome to church. Here’s your bulletin. We’ll get you out in an hour. Come back next week."

"I mean, really? Is that all God intended for us?"

"What would the church look like today if we really stopped taking control of it and let the Holy Spirit lead?"

"I believe this is exactly what the world needs to see."

Response: I really like the ending. Here’s one pastor who obviously gets it. Those of us who have been seeking revival and renewal have all talked along the same lines about what we observe in the American church.

This is why many of us believe that when revival does come to America it will happen in the public square and in the Marketplace first just like where it started in the first century with the Apostles and also in the ministry of Jesus. The church will be substantially dragged along later kicking all of the way.

This does not mean that there will not be churches involved in the revival. There will be key congregations and groups all across North America that will prepare their members to respond, facilitate, accommodate, and make a place for the move of God. Come Holy Spirit.           *Top

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2 Responses to -Church Today Not What God Intended?

  1. Lets say you are a guy in the marketplace and revival breaks out there. Co-workers and clients are experiencing the power of God. The next day they come to you and ask what that was and how they can get more.

    You are all saved, but you are the only one with any understanding of the Scriptures or of “what shall we do now”. You tell folks that if you don’t work you will all get fired but tonight, lets get together and we will talk.

    Folks show up at your house. What happens? After a few weeks or months of showing up, what happens?

    At some point you are going to teach people about worship and most likely you are gong to do that at the beginning of the meeting. You are going to want to tell folks when the next meeting is so you will probably do that after the singing because everyone is not there at the beginning. That or you will write it down and hand it out when people get there.

    After that someone will share something they hopefully were lead to share. Could be several people. Then there will be a time for people to respond.

    One person will be better, or more gifted, sharing and people will want them to lead that time more. If real revival has happened, people will b converted more quickly than leaders can be raised.

    I bigger meeting space will be needed. And there you have the modern church.

    It is not the opposite of revival. It is the result of it.

  2. Amen Carl,
    Spoken as a truly anointed church planter who has actually gone through that very process.

    It all comes back to the church and dramatically changes it.

    Picture the radical changes that took place overnight in the Jerusalem church when over 3,000 were added on the day of Pentecost after Peter spoke in the street. What did the next service look like?

    Radical changes took place in the traditional churches of NY City when Finney went through the factories converting 1/2 million folks and they started showing up on Sunday.

    I would like to see that one again across our entire nation.

    I have a feeling that the highly organized polished 60 minute show that typifies many traditional churches in America might be somewhat altered when thousands of folks show up that have experienced the real deal. Particularly when they ask the pastor when do they get to do ‘the stuff’ that Jesus did?

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