Collect of the Day
O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
I thought R. Scott Clark was a professor of historical theology? (See: Church Websites Are Boring). The Bible specifically addresses church growth in terms of preaching and teaching the propositional truths of the Bible. The moral law and the gospel are the means God uses to save His elect. But the church growth movement, following the theology of the pelagian Charles Finney and the Pentecostal/Charismatic philosophy of pragmatism, says that the church is supposed to compromise the truth so that seekers will want to come to church. Their view is that the purpose of the church is not to preach the truths of Scripture but to tone down the Bible so the world will not be offended.
When the world is in the church the church is no longer in the world but is of the world. What "works" is not necessarily true. Success in Scripture is not measured in terms of numbers but in terms of conformity to the propositional truths revealed in the Holy Scriptures themselves. (John 10:35).