(The following post was written as a response to mega-church culture.)
Jesus said you will know them by...
...their awesome music ministry
...how large their church is
...how humble their pastor says he is
...their conviction that church is God
...their performace art
...their cool hair and clothes
...their ability-in any context-to always direct attention to their lives to establish themselves as an example for others to follow
...their knowledge of self-improvement
...their ability to be follow the pack and implicitly trust everything they are investing themselves in
...their deep, thorough understanding of church culture
...their keen awareness of the world always applied in church to be relevant
This is just a short list of how Jesus said we'd know the greatest believers among us. Take note, and if your life doesn't mirror this list, you'd better evaluate your priorities. Church, it's time to take inventory of our lives. No more old fashioned church with the Sunday school classes and the archaic hymn books. No more senior citizens hanging about our churches, coming to services, trying to hold us back from going where God wants to take us! Because everyone knows he wants to take us places we've never been. There are careers paths we've never ventured into, houses we've never been successful enough to own, and coolness that we have never plumbed the depths of.
10 years ago