Does the fact that a church is large in numbers also an indication that it is a healthy church where the gospel is being preached and the Word of God is accurately being taught by the pastor to his people?  Do you attend a large church and find yourself with many questions about certain things taking place that are causing you to become very concerned, but you can’t quite figure out what’s actually going on? What is a “successful” church in the eyes of man compared to God’s idea of a “successful” church presented to us in His Word? Because of so much spiritual deception entering many churches these days, it is SO very important to test ALL we see and hear taking place against the truth of God’s Word (Acts 17:11) so none of us are led astray by any pastor or teacher –no matter how well respected or how faithful they have been to preaching the Word of God in the past!

I’m still working on my new ‘UNCHANGING’ post, and, Lord willing, hope to have it finished by the end of this week, but here’s a very good article with a lot of information to answer those questions –and more.  I saw it posted on Twitter yesterday and because this is a very important topic these days I wanted to share it with you…just click on the link below:

WHY I OPPOSE THE CHURCH GROWTH MOVEMENT – RANDY WHITE

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“Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly — mere infants in Christ.  I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it.  Indeed, you are still not ready.  You are still worldly.  For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly?  Are you not acting like mere men?  For when one says,  “I follow Paul,”  and another,  “I follow Apollos,”  are you not mere men?  What, after all is Apollos?  And what is Paul?  Only servants, through whom you came to believe–as the Lord has assigned to each his task.  I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.  So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who makes things grow.  The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.  For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.  By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it.  But each one should be careful how he builds.  For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.  If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light.  It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work.  If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward.  If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.”  (1 Corinthians 3:1-15)

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.  And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”  (Acts 2:42,46,47)

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the Word of truth.”  (2 Timothy 2:15)

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.  In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction.  For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”  (2 Timothy 3:16-4:1-4)

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.  For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.”  (Colossians 2:8-10)

Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible New International Version®1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society Used by permission of Zondervan All rights reserved.

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