True or False?
The other day someone asked me if I thought all the explosive church growth going on around
Isnâ€™t that a no-brainer?
No, itâ€™s not.
He followed up his inquiry by asking whether or not I considered the unprecedented growth weâ€™ve experienced at Southbrook to be a â€˜good thing.â€™
Maybe and Yes were my answers. Yes for Southbrook because we essist to serve Christâ€™s purposes and not our own. Maybe for some of the others. I mean, it dependsâ€¦
The fact is, not all church growth is a good thing.
Ex. 1 The Mormon Church is growing exponentially, but is their doctrine biblical? No.
Ex. 2 Islam is the fastest growing religion period, right now. Though they would call their places of worship Mosques rather than churches, the principle is the same. Does this make their â€˜religionâ€™ the right way? Is it merely a numbers game?
Ex. 3 Under the banner of â€œEvangelical,â€ certain churches grow like gang-busters because they promise their followers health wealth and prosperity.
That doctrine in these churches isâ€¦
Can you guess?
Well, there might be some good in it, but the health, wealth and prosperity junk is falseâ€”sometimes itâ€™s just laughable. But this is no laughing matter. False doctrine with a little bit of truth sprinkled on top may be worse than a flat out lie. Itâ€™s certainly more deceiving.
So, I would once again say the answer to whether or not explosive growth is good would have to be â€˜maybe.â€™
Maybe it is, if the name of Jesus Christ is lifted up first and foremost and His purposes are served.
Maybe it isnâ€™t if they are doing anything else.
Oh, one more thing…I won’t leave you hanging. Tomorrow I’ll show you some godly leaders who really do seem to get it.