Enough weather. Back to following Christ.
I got asked today, "Why is church done the way it’s done? Why do we have the system we have?"
There’s one simple answer:
Church has to be done this way to accommodate the fact that the majority of church members aren’t saved.
What Church Would Be Like If All Christians Were Really Christians
If all "Christians" were really Christians, then we’d actually do what the Bible says …
- When we come together, we’d all—or mostly all—come prepared to exercise our gifts when we met (1 Cor. 14:26). Opportunity would be give to all to do so (1 Cor. 14:31)
- We’d talk about all the verses no one wants to talk about so that we could serve Christ better.
- We’d obey the command to exhort/encourage one another every day (Heb. 3:13) rather than writing it off as incongruous with modern life.
- It would be impossible to schedule every teaching because their would be teachers for whom teaching is a gift from God (as well as shepherds—plural—who have the ability to teach). Some teachings would have to be called impromptu, and other scheduled teachings would be canceled at times.
- We’d talk about whether our meetings were boring and change them if they were. The meetings would probably rapidly change into something very different from three songs, offering, and a sermon.
- We would pattern our church leadership after the multiple elder system of the Scriptures (Acts 14:23; 20:17,28; 1 Pet. 5:1-4), not business-style with a CEO (the pastor), VP’s of the various departments (associate pastors), and a board of directors (deacon or elder board)
- We’d care about the use of episkopos, presbuteros, and poimen in Scripture.
- We’d stop accusing the Roman Catholics of violating Matthew 23:9 until we stopped referring to our CEO as "Pastor such and such."
- We’d live like a family and expect to have input when a brother or sister takes a job, moves, marries, and certainly massive involvement should there ever be a divorce.
- Those who expect privacy—meaning the family of God minding its own business on such issues—on such issues would be told they’re not Christians.
There’s a lot more examples that could be given. You who read this could probably give better examples than I could.
It would do us well to take note of the fact that ALL of us once lived our lives under the influence of and in subjugation to the Prince of the Power of the Air, the spirit that currently works in the sons of disobedience.
All your unsaved church members are doing the same.
So if over half your congregation is not even interested in Jesus’ requirements for a disciple (Luke 14:26-33), then the devil does the majority of the voting in every one of your business meetings.
Yeah. Shocking, huh?