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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Early Church Methodology Arguments

Complaints from religious people about how things are done in a church are historical if not hysterical.
Lets look at a few.

#1 Your Life Healing Methods are Reprehensible. John 9:1-11
While we cannot deny that you healed a blind man, your ways are unacceptable.
I mean spitting on the ground, so much that you could make a mud out of it, and then putting it on his eyes? Regardless of his ability to see afterwards, its out of line. And on a Sunday! How dare you interrupt our worship. (Luke 13:14)

#2 Those you do heal, Brag about it. John 9:11
Yes we get the miracles that you perform in peoples lives, but how arrogant can you be to accept peoples praise for your acts of transformation?

#3 The "Group" you associate with don't fit our Christian Standard.
It has been said that you fellowship with a Samaritan woman (John 4), you have a tax collector on your staff (Matthew 9:9-13), and there are no Bible college educated people running your programs. (OK one, but His praise of your name negates his education as its obviously a little too excited.) The rest are fishermen. It has also been reported that there are a couple of crazy strippers coming to your "Group". (Luke 8:26-39)

#4 The way you teach is unacceptable.
Every time someone asks a question you answer it with a story. You obviously just want to entertain people. Your teaching is too shallow. We try and teach people the deeper truths of things like murder, and you say Anger is the same thing (Matthew 5:21-26). We try and teach people to put down adulterers, and you say that adultery is looking and not touching and worse you teach that if you can't handle it, to pluck out our eyes and cut off our hands (Matthew 5:27-30)? A little silly don't you think?

#5 Your not Respectful to us of the Religious Establishment. (other Pastors)
Calling us snakes and comparing us to the devil shows you care nothing for our work.
(Matthew 23:13-33) A man of God would never call other Pastors Liars and accusing our mothers of having inappropriate relationships with the Devil. (John 8:39-50)

Personally, I don't care how a persons eyes are opened to the gospel, as long as they can see. (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)

I think that we all ought to Shout about what God has done and is doing in our lives.
If not we make the rocks do it. (Luke 19:40)

I love the "GROUP" that attends our Church. We do have divorced people here, we do have an ex tax collector here, we do have uneducated people here, we do have fishermen and loggers here, we do have people who were once wild and crazy for sin, who are now clothed and sitting in their right minds, Loving their wives and children.

Our Teaching is Simple. Oh some tell me that our doctrine is shallow but I guess if what we teach is leading people to Christ, encouraging them to Love God and others, and helping them live victorious lives than I think I stay with that over creating more pharisees.

I don't respect pastors who are nothing more than Hirelings. They move from Church to church for no other reason than to enhance their careers. They gossip, they lie, they become busy bodies in other men's matters. But I also support men who love God and others.

These arguments have been going on for thousands of years and will continue until Jesus comes back. When that happens, I would rather be standing there with multitude of people we have reached for Christ, than with nothing more than my own righteousness.

I love you church, and am thankful that you have allowed me to be your Pastor.
Let's keep up the GOOD Work!


  1. it seems that we are being persecuted by the same pregidouses we are selves are guilty of.

  2. Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

    we need to let go and let god have the blame and glory.