If ISIS can attract young people to leave the conveniences of Western civilization to travel to the middle east to live in horrible conditions in the desert - just to blow themselves up - then why can't we grow our churches?
My job as a preacher has always been to make my churches more like ISIS!
Have a cause,
Quit trying to make it easy,
Be authentic and fight for the truth.
Churches that fight over little things will never recruit Christian soldiers to fight for what really matters (the gospel).
Be LIKE ISIS (minus the whole beheading people thing, that part you should leave out).
Of course, I'm being facetious, but we make Christianity too easy. The seeker sensitive movement model has failed. Those churches churn through members and the ones who stay don't really stand for anything that would put them at odds with the culture. The church overall is NOT MAKING an impact and we are loosing ground.
Early on in church history, visitors were expelled from the church for communion, as the church was exclusive. During this same era, it tooks years to actually become a Christian and you could be dismissed if you were not faithful in your classes.
The next time a young person buys a latte, he may start wondering "Is this opulence all there is to Christianity? I want to believe in something that might require my life." Soon he saves his money and buys a ticket to the middle east.
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