Ax Church

One way people think they are “keepin it real” when it comes to church is to spiritually say, “I just wish we could take the church back to the New Testament model.” Sounds wonderful and also shows a total disjoint with reality.

Seriously? Are ya sure?

Grace Digest points out an aspect of the early church in Acts 6:4. The pastors say they will devote themselves to prayer and the preaching of the Word, you deacons can do all the rest.

Would that model fly in your church? Wouldn’t you be upset if your pastor wasn’t there to coddle you in your latest “crisis?” Wouldn’t you be tempted to ridicule your pastor for doing nothing all week? Do you really want to be one of those who has to “do all the work?”

Oh, then there’s the bit about not having any possessions but having all things in common. Oh yeah, many of them were being killed and imprisoned, too.

I’m all for having the “early church.” I think the “late church” is very messed up and way off the path. But still, know what it is you’re saying when you clamor for “the Acts Church, man.”

5 thoughts on “Ax Church”

  1. I appreciate your zeal to spread the gospel, and the sacrifices you have made to lead a community of belivers in the truth of the faith. As a shepard of a flock, do you guarantee your congregation that what you are teaching is free from error? If I made you my pastor, could I trust you to teach me the truth? Please don’t tell me I can’t really trust anyone and I should just interpret the scriptures for myself. I don’t want to stand before God based on my very limited intellect and understanding of scripture.

  2. Well, all believers have the Holy SPirit, the Bible says not to put your trust in man and tells us all to test the spirits. What I tell my congregation is that “the only reason I’m up here saying this stuff is becasue this is what I believe. At the same time, I can say it wrong, I can be wrong on some issues and over the years I will probably shift on a few issues so always check it with Scripture.”

    I have had to apologize a few times for some stuff that came out in a sermon. I have had to correct myself when things did not come out right or i got carried away and made an overstatement that wasn’t true. It happens.

    At the same time, I promise my congregation that they are getting truth and they should continually check the scriptures to make sure. Your not making it to heaven based on what I believe.

  3. I don’t understand how you can inadvertantly teach false doctrine and change what you teach over time, yet at the same time promise your congregation they are getting truth. In the end, you are telling your congregation to not trust anyone and to interpret the scriptures for themselves. This approach seems to be what is fueling the lack of unity in Christianity.

  4. I admit I “know not”, which is one reason I don’t pastor a community or have my own blog. I was curious how you (as a pastor and blogger) promise the truth to people, yet you admit you are sometimes wrong or may “shift” on what you believe. If someone leaves your congregation without hearing your doctrinal correction and apology, are you responsible for what you taught them? Corrrect me where I am off, but again, it seems as though you are telling people to not trust you (or anyone) and to interpret the scriptures for themselves.

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