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Church Growth Consultants, Amway, Tom Cruise, Scientology, King Solomon, Nothing New Under
the Sun, Chuck Smith, Calvary Chapel
Under the umbrella of this Church Growth Marketing Movement we now see a certain brand of consultants who are currently wandering from church-to-church while reaping profits as they peddle obvious facts and observations along with decades-old growth schemes designed to point the church towards conforming to its surrounding culture. When pastors of many of the local churches down the street fork out large amounts of cash so that they can hear about and utilize these approaches, most of the time the desired results just dont occur.
Over the years I have had the opportunity to witness these marketers sell their wares to pastor after pastor in a number churches. I have found that these folk are easy to pinpoint just by looking at their feet, for they will be donning the most expensive shoes in the room. Hence, if you want to know if a Church Growth consultant is in your midst, just look for the alligator shoes.
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. (II Cor -15 MKJV)
sales strategy offered by the men donned in alligator shoes to the
Seldom can real success be found in gimmicks that promise instant results. And the rich will fall as quickly as they rise. (Proverbs 11:28) Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. (James 1:9-10 MKJV) Hence it would be wise counsel to build ones house upon the Rock while remaining distant from those who promise at a certain price to reveal extra-biblical secrets to ministry success.
In their pursuit after wealth, modern Amway-style pyramid builders tightly adhere to an ends-justifies-means philosophy. It doesnt seem to matter who they lead up a blind alley as long as the pyramid below them advances their financial goals. This pragmatic philosophy also seems to be the bottom line in the bulk of contemporary growth strategies promoted by a certain segment of Christian marketers. As long as it is all done for God, then the methodology used to get there is irrelevant. It does not matter to many marketers if people are deceived, biblical doctrine is watered down, the traditions of the church annihilated or the message of orthodox Christianity is watered down as long as it is all done for the sake of Church Growth. But in reality this is only an appeal to the base desire of the pursuit of wealth and self-glorification.
Tom Cruise and his fellow Scientology adherents might lap up revelation offered at a price, but knowledge gained in such a fashion is hardly suitable for Christian edification. And typically the mysteries that the Church Growth Movement offers to divulge are about adopting the so-called latest and greatest into the church in order to attract the world by becoming like it. Yet Solomon once said, That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. (Ec 1:9 MKJV)
According to the Bible there is nothing new but the tried and true. Yet today we see consultants who have emerged from the Church Growth Movement calling the church to do quite the opposite as they admonish pastors to turn from the tried and true for the sake of embracing everything new. I have had many occasions to witness the results that occur in churches that have adopted their so-called cutting edge counsel. Many of these tragic instances will be detailed in this book to demonstrate that invariably more harm than good will occur when pastors associate with the everything new Church Growth crowd. Therefore, when approached by men donned in alligator shoes peddling mysteries, the wise pastor should consider Solomons wisdom.
those who understand Solomons admonition that there is nothing new under the
sun realize that the Bible has given us all the church growth information that we
need. Hence there are many who have risen above the fray to promote sound biblical
principles that will invariably result in church growth as inspired by the work of
Gods Holy Spirit rather than the feeble efforts of man. For example, the Apostle
Paul had a lot to say to the
Though pastors ought to heed the advice of those who present sound biblical teachings regarding growth to our church today, it is likewise important to watch out for those who are calling the church to the philosophies of the world rather than the Scriptures. Therefore, beware of the men donned in alligator shoes.
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