How to fix it.
in a nutshell – throw out the purpose driven everything. If you have a Purpose Driven coffemaker even – throw it away, go to Kmart, and buy a Mr. Coffee.
Order a whole bunch of Bibles. King James bibles. Insitute a Church Bible trade. You bring us your NIV, Amplified, NASB, The Message, NLB, ESV, etc – and we’ll give you a King James Bible in its place. Sell the church drumset to pay for it if you have to.
Stop, and carefully examine all Sunday School materials. Better yet, toss them all in the trash.
Get David Cloud’s One Year Discipleship Course. It’s 19.95 – expensive? how much was the Purpose Driven Sunday School materials you paid for?
If that series seems good, David Cloud offers the entire discipleship course in a package of $79.95, and I’m sure he gives discounts for multiple copies of the package.
He also sells the Advanced Bible Study books, which range from $5.95 to $9.95 to $19.95. they aren’t your 30 page $9.95 books – they’re 103 pages to over 300 pages each. These aren’t the “Do in one month” Bible studies – these books will take a while to get through.
Have your church write a letter, signed by everyone in the congregation, to the SBC, asking them to return to and advocate Fundamentalism. Ask them to incorporate into the SBC Statement of Faith an article on Biblical Separation. Ask them to remove the article on Ecumenism. And if they decline – be prepared to withdraw from the SBC.
And encourage everyone in the congregation to throw away any Rick Warren books, dvd’s, cd’s, paintings, velvet posters, anything!
And undertand that these steps I listed will not drive the youth away. As I mentioned, the large majority of the congregations at Fundamentalist Independent Baptist churches are 21-25 year olds.
So by turning to Fundamentalism, your church will at first lose some people – immature Christians, and the unSaved. This can be reduced if you slowly break in a number of sermons, one at a time, on why the church needs to get back to God. Baby steps are recommended. I think we under-estimate the willingness, if properly educated, of the average Christian to lead a Biblical lifestyle.
Cults drag in record numbers of people, who have NO problem with living some extreme lifestyle, usually involving a change of diet and dress, and rigorous demans upon their time. It’s funny how willing people are to live a lifestyle that makes demands on you – but yet if your Pastor makes a few simple demands (versus the strenuous ones the Cult leader makes…), we think the church will fly off the handle!
Emphasize to your church, “This is the way your parents lived as children. This is how your grandparents lived, and probably to a certain extent, still does.”
All you’re asking people to do is:
- read the Bible
- believe in correct doctrine
- separate from those who do not – for your own good!
- come to church
- separate from the world
- dress modestly
That’s not that hard. You’re not asking them to keep the Sabbath, eat kosher or vegetarian, wear anything special on their head, or special undergarments with a visible fringe, have two refrigerators, or anything odd like that! If people will do this for cults or false religion, then Christians can put on a coat and tie for Sunday night service. And they can attend Sunday night service.