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07 April 2010

to boldly go?

"In the beginning the church was a fellowship of men and women centering on the living Christ. Then the church moved to Greece, where it became a philosophy. Then it moved to Rome, where it became an institution. Next, it moved to Europe, where it became a culture. And, finally, it moved to America, where it became an enterprise." (Attributed to Richard Halverson, Presbyterian minister and former Chaplain of the United States Senate, etc.)

Do you think this is an accurate statement? Has the church become an enterprise? If this is true and its structure is that of a business, is it possible for it and its members to honor Jesus Christ while adhering to accepted business policies and practices?

Or is this an unfair blanket statement?

Yes, I was reaching with all the Trek tie-ins.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dean

I think it is a fair assessment as far as a blanket statement that the "church" structure is set up like a business, but that in itself not all bad.

I think we have to remember that we need to abide by the laws in this country. Sadly because of our culture our government set guidelines for those that collect monies, and have even set up protection from those that try to hurt it.

Now, I do feel strongly that the true church ministry should be separate from the "church" structure. Meaning that the pastor(s) should teach the word and equip the people, and stay away from the structure not to confuse the true church. That to me sounds confusing as I read this, but the jest is teach the Word, live the Word, Equip the believers and stand by the Word, first and for-most, then take care of the governmental requirements that is needed. Let the Church be the Church.

John King said...

 Im sorry but I totally disagree with the comment by Anoymous. Again not all churches are structured like a business. A church is not a business. Its not a building. Its Fellowship. John 1.6. what Dean is asking. Has the church become a business. Meanning if it has. Thats completely incorrect. A church that has any profit. Is a business. A church in debt due to becoming a business is sinning. This is why Jesus dumped the tables. Culture doesn't change. Nor do people unless they walk in his light.

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