There are lots of potential problems inherent in churches with the necessity for large organisational structures and large amounts of infrastructure. One potential problem is that people can become viewed more as resources than people, as Bull mentioned here recently on another thread. If people are viewed as resources, one of the temptations then becomes … More Pastoring and Parenting Free of Guilt and Fear
This is a question that occurred to me after reading Rick Warren’s email to Saddleback, where he said: We also do not expect unbelievers to act like believers until they have the power of Christ inside them. Laws and politics cannot transform hearts, which is why we refuse to be political activists. – Warren I … More Seeker Sensitive Bait and Switch
Speaking of ‘Purpose Driven’ (in my last comment on the previous thread), apparently there is a revival taking place at Rick Warren’s church in Saddleback. Warren feels that the recessionary times are causing more people to turn to God, and Saddleback is helping many of these people out with a large increase in food parcels … More Revival at Saddleback
Ephesians 4:8-12 (NOT!) 8…AND HE GAVE CONVENIENT LABELS TO MEN…[big snip]… 12for the categorising of the saints for the work of service, to the smooth running of the religious organisations of men.” – Heretic’s Private Translation (RP’s Toned Down Version*) Has anyone ever filled out one of those ‘gift questionaires’, which churches sometimes use to … More Gifts – or Convenient Labels?
Teaching Superstition I watched a TV show by Derren Brown the other night, which looked at how people develop superstition. In a nutshell, people identify actions with effects that have nothing to do with each other, but associate a causal link between the the two without any real examination. An example might be walking under … More Teaching Superstition; Giving on Stage
For quite a while now, I’ve heard from numerous Christian’s, (when in argument about people like Rick Joyner, Benny Hinn, Crowder, Todd Bentley, Bob Jones and many others pray to the dead), that it’s alright to do so. I’ve always used the scripture that “God is God of the Living” only to have others claim … More Consulting The Dead
I know of a number of people at the moment dealing with the grief resulting from realising that certain beliefs and teachings they based a large part of their lives and actions on may well have been empty. For me the first doctrine to tumble was tithing, for others it might be that their church … More The Sadness of Moving On