We left off last time with a very volatile sentence regarding Dysfunctional structures and potential disastrous leadership styles. Here was that sentence, â€œAlmost sounds like church.â€
What almost sounds like church? Well, at the risk of losing some readers for this series (the lethargic ones) I refer you to the previous post in the series here. Read that and then return to this post and continue. As always, Iâ€™ll wait for ya.
Done? Good. The deal is this, God has always given someone a vision [Moses, Jacob, Joshua, Samuel, Paul, Ruth, Mary, John, James, etcâ€¦) and he then surrounds them with people who see God working and want to do Godâ€™s work. But sometimes either the visionary runs amuck or those around him/her do. Is there any way to prevent this? I believe there is, and in my last post I will reveal what I believe is an absolutely fool proof method for seeing Godâ€™s will done from beginning to end. But for now, letâ€™s take a closer look at some of the structures and plans that have failed so often along the way. My hope is that some of you will pick up on the â€˜secret ingredientâ€™ long before I write that last post. Until that time, letâ€™s take todayâ€™s pot to talk about a phenomena that started showing up over 1,000 years ago.
Many people think denominational accountability is the panacea for all that ails the church these days. I think thatâ€™s a bunch of bunk! In fact, I believe denominational schisms and splits and start ups have run their course to the point where they do far more harm than good.
For example, what started out as a good thing and is now a tangled mess is the 180 gazillion denominational flavors we now have. It usually comes as a surprise to most that nearly all got their start from splits and disunity rather than a new and deep insight into Godâ€™s truth. This is why the Bible talks so much about the importance of loving unity and harmony within a church. Few things can ruin a churchâ€™s testimony to the lost more thoroughly than infighting among a segment of individuals calling themselves, â€œChristians.â€ And it can be pretty bad sometimes, Check out this article for the latestâ€”almost makes you think of the ridiculous monks in Monte Pythonâ€™s â€˜Quest for the Holy Grail!â€™
And, in fact, this is not an isolated case. Denominations are abandoning the Bible right and left.
silly, no, insane? Thatâ€™s like the boyscouts abandoning the great outdoors, or Bill Gates abandoning windows, or Al Gore abandoning his Learjetâ€¦oops, I guess that last one doesnâ€™t quite work. But I digressâ€¦
Where was I?
Oh yeah, denominations.
They arenâ€™t working. Not only are they not keeping preachers on the theological straight and narrow, they arenâ€™t even keeping preachers straight! So one would be pretty naive indeed to force a group of believers into their particular denominational mold with the hopes that that will guarantee accountability and balance.
It must take something else.
Stay with me and weâ€™ll talk about what that something else must be