Tag: things the church does wrong

"I think one of the great strengths of the church is when it serves as an oasis within the culture, and offers a distinctive alternative to the prevailing values surrounding it. Unfortunately, the attitude in many modern churches is, 'No, we need to be just like the culture in order to draw as many as we can.' But when you don't offer people something that is genuinely different, then they'll question why they need to be there in the first place."
~ Skye Jethani
"Many people today, some well-intentioned and some not so much, are doing their best to soft-pedal the gospel in order to widen its appeal. But in reality, they're doing the exact opposite. When we make following Jesus a tag line, or view it as just something we add on to our lives without sacrificing anything, we are actually diminishing the value of the gospel. We do the gospel an injustice when we don't call people to sacrifice and give their entire lives to Jesus, because in doing so, what we're really saying is that following Jesus is not really all that important."
~ Leighton Flowers
"Success seems to be the 'golden calf' of the American church. These days, we measure the success of a church by the 3 B's...buildings, bodies, and budget. When those 3 things reach a certain number, we equate that with a successful ministry. But if we measured Jesus' earthly ministry by that standard, He would be considered an epic failure. That should tell us something about our definition of success."
~ J.R. Briggs
"Part of the issue with how we do church today is the way we've connected church leadership with the ability to sell books, to draw crowds, and to get invited to all the major conferences. We've essentially commodified ministry."
~ Katelyn Beaty
"In the beginning (New Testament times), the church was a gathering of men and women around the person and mission of Jesus. Then it moved to Greece, where the church became a philosophy. Then it moved to Rome, where the church became an institution. Then it moved to Europe, where the church became a culture. And it's finally come to America, where the church has become an enterprise. The reason for this is that as the church has moved throughout the world, it has taken on the forms/structures that were dominant in whatever culture it went. In the early church, the dominant organizing principle of the culture was the household...the family."
~ Richard Halverson
"Believe it or not, the breakdown of character in our society has actually caused us to be more legalistic. The decline of character is being compensated for with more laws. So now you can't say something is wrong anymore if it's legal, no matter how morally wrong it may be. The focus then has shifted to making better laws, because as a society, we're losing the ability to make better people. That's what society used to look to the church for."
~ Phil Vischer
"Much of Christianity now in America is really moralistic, therapeutic deism. We appeal to people with the idea of making your life better...that the goal of the gospel is to make you better, to make your marriage better, your finances better, your circle of friends better, and to make you more happy and fulfilled. But Jesus didn't come and die for any of those things...He died to save us from our sin. Those other things are simply potential fringe benefits."
~ Christian Smith
"I believe one of the reasons why so many today are rejecting what Christians have to say is because they sense that a lot of Christian talk nowadays isn't authentic. We as believers today don't do a good enough job of thinking and listening before we speak. We are quick to tell people that 'Jesus is the answer' when we aren't even listening to the questions."
~ Jason Thompson