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Are you doing it wrong, church that is?

I was not going to post this on RS today, or at all.  Then I read streiff’s front page story about “Bishop” Gene Robinson, and I felt maybe God would be okay with it, since it goes along with that thought.

Here it is, and mind your toes from the boot stomping.

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If all the souls Jesus adds to His Kingdom through your church are saved within your building walls, you’re probably not doing church right.

If, to you, a “disciple” means a regular church-attender, you’re probably not doing church right.

If a fiery sermon by the preacher is all the fire you see, you’re probably not doing church right.

If the Word of God is all the prophecy you hear, you’re probably not doing church right.

If worship is just singing and playing instruments at your church, you’re probably not doing church right.

If your church is supporting more missionaries than it’s commissioning, then you’re probably not doing church right.

If your youth group members never return after high school, you’re probably not doing church right.

If your church business meetings have a larger crowd than its prayer meetings, you’re probably not doing church right.

If your church’s sound system has more power than its doctrine, then you’re really not doing church right.

If your church’s lighting production illuminates more than the Holy Spirit’s searching hearts, then you’re definitely not doing church right.

If more visitors to your church visit the bookstore than the altar, then you’re probably not doing church right.

If your church doctrine is more defined by what you don’t believe in than is it by what you do, you’re not doing church right.

If “saved” means just saying a prayer and signing a commitment card at your church, you’re unquestionably doing church wrong.

If your church sings “Come As You Are” while staring scornfully at who walks to the altar by their tattoos, clothes or hair, you’re doing church completely wrong.

If your church preaches ten tons of love and no repentance, you’re producing dead works.

If your church preaches ten tons of repentance without love, you’re a noisy gong and a clanging cymbal.

If God is not answering your church’s prayers—ever—then your church might be double-minded, and can expect nothing.

If the spiritual sons and daughters your church produces take the glory for themselves, God might give it a new name: “Ichabod”

If Jesus returned and entered your church, would He find your gifts well invested and returning a good profit to His Kingdom, would He find you doing a few things well, and enduring with the remainder, or would He find you “doing church” that pleases you?

“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
“After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
“The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
“Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
“‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
(Mathew 25:13-30)

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