Thursday, March 29, 2007

Seeker Friendly Churches

The modern "seeker sensitive" movement assumes that there are a lot of people in our society actively seeking after spiritual things, maybe even God, and that the churches job is to target this group and do whatever it takes to get them into the church.
Rom.3:10, 12 "There is none righteous, no not one...There is none who seeks after God." Does this verse show that there is a group of people who are looking for spiritual things, even God.

So whats wrong with the "seeker sensitive" movement? After all if your going to be fishing for men then you have to be use bait that is attractive to this world. Whats wrong with making a church more inviting to unbelievers to visit? Where's the danger in spicing up the service so people will stay interested, and even more, come back?

Here are some problems with the seeker sensitive movement-
"It minimizes and downplays the teaching of God's Word"- John McArthur.
In the seeker sensitive churches, where the goal is to bring people in and keep them there, Bible teaching is cut short or worse, cut out. Why? Because they believe people are to busy to sit through long drawn out expositions of God's Word.
The content of the message is cut short also. -Go to a seeker sensitive church and you'll hear a message on human relationships, success in the business world, or how to make your life in this world more satisfying. You won't hear a message on sin or judgement.

John MacArthur said "But when the churches sacrifice substance for style... churches stagnate and eventually die. Instead of being a place where men and women grow spiritually by coming under the influence of God's Word, seeker-sensitive churches become mere shells filled with false converts and malnourished Christians."

Going back to the fish and bait analogue- we must ask the question- do dead fish bite?
Man is fallen and dead in his sins, and won't come to the bait until he is resurrected by the blood of Jesus and through the Holy Spirit. No matter how many gimmicks we come up with or how entertaining we get...dead fish will not be attracted to the bait.
"Grace alone will resurrect the fish and Grace alone will work for the bait." -Kenny Anderson

Charles Spurgeon said about John 6:37 ("All that the Father gives me will come to Me, and no one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out" ) "I take it that the meaning of this text is this,-that if any do come to Jesus Christ, it is those whom the Father gave to Christ. And the reason why the come,-if we search to the very bottom of things,-is that the Father puts it into their hearts to come..."
Taken from my Dad's sermon- Sola Gratia

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