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  1. It seems that in the last 30 or so years our churches have taken on a whole new look and atmosphere. As these changes were being made to attract more people to church, more and more people are having a hard time finding a church to call home? Recently, I attended the Baptist Church that I grew up in. While growing up, this church was a very conservative church. Never would they have entertained the thought of having anything other than a piano or organ on the stage. Upon this visit, I noticed that everything has changed the last 30 years. No longer did the church look like a place of worship, but rather an entertainment center. Ironically, the crowds were smaller now than 30 years ago. So what happened to my church? As I reflect back, I now see some signs that was there that started the shift of entertainment rather than worship. What has divided the church? It seems that is almost always starts with music. Not many churches minds some guitars to help accomplay the music, but not too long ago ear plugs were being handed out as one enters the into some church sanctuaries. Some churches now open with a secular song, dim the lights, add in fog machines, and have an atmosphere that represents a local rock concert. All of this is to enhance repetitive choruses that will be sung over and over by church members that seem hypnotized. In an effort to attract unchurched people, the “Seeker Sensitive” movement suggested that churches should cater to the comforts of the “seeker”. Bill Hybels admitted that he came up with the term but later confessed it didn't work. Hybels states: “We made a mistake. What we should have done when people crossed the line of faith and become Christians, we should have started telling people and teaching people that they have to take responsibility to become ‘self feeders.’ We should have gotten people, taught people, how to read their bible between services, how to do the spiritual practices much more aggressively on their own.” The founder of the “Seeker Sensitive” movement now states that he should have taught people to read their Bibles and take responsibility for their own spiritual walk. This church that I grew up in, used to teach me how to read the Bible on my own. Acts 2:42 “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” When this music shift took place, Some churches catered to the older crowd with an early a.m. traditional service for those with gray heads. That trend began "the great divide" between generations. Preachers started preaching only about love and tolerance. Everything and everyone must be accepted. Sin must be accepted. People loved having their ears tickled. The goal was to leave church with that "feel good" feeling and have their self-esteem built up. Sound doctrine was being set aside and ignored. Issues like marriage, abortion, and hell apparently divide so the preaching ceased on those things, although rock music in the church apparently was not a dividing issue. Having said all of that, the gates of hell are trying like crazy to penetrate the church,change its message, change its purpose, and to distort the gospel. Matthew 16:18 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” If anyone else has seen that music has changed your church, please let us know and comment below. What happened to your church?
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  2. If you are a member of a sound, Bible believing church, this inquiry is addressed to you. We know without asking that modernistic pastors or cult leaders are “evil men and seducers.” (11 Tim. 3:13). We’re asking this question because in every good church there are a number of critics who feel their pastor, no matter how faithful, is a lemon and should leave soon. Why is it? Well, first of all “Not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called: but God bath chosen the foolish . .. the weak . . . the base … and the despised, hath God chosen . . . ” (I Cor. 1:26-28). This passage discusses preachers and it is clear there are few supermen in God’s ministry. The critics feel their pastor is “below average.” So was Moses, who was “very meek” (no personality), Numbers 12:3; and the Apostle Paul who was “less than the least of all the saints” (no prestige), Eph. 3:8. The God of grace usually chooses humble men “that no flesh should glory in his presence” but rather “glory in the Lord”. (I Cor. 1:29-31). The root of criticism is usually PRIDE which is hindering blessing and causing trouble for “only by pride cometh contention.” (Proverbs 13:10). If your pastor exalts Christ as God and Saviour and preaches Bible-centered messages then he is definitely the kind of a pastor God wants in your church and he deserves your hearty support and cooperation. “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their works sake, And be at peace among yourselves.” (I Thes. 5:12-13). Remember that a pastor is not the church’s hired man, paid to please the members — rather an “overseer” appointed by the Holy Spirit (Acts 20:28) and Christ’s “gift” to each local church, “for the perfecting of the saints to do the work of the ministry.” (Eph. 4:11,12). Concerning faithful pastors, God commands: “Obey them that have rule over you, and submit yourselves; for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.” (Heb. 13:17). Don’t demand too many visible results for your pastor’s calling is to faithfully sow and water the seed of God’s Word and the Lord “gives the increase” (I Cor. 3:5-10) which may or may not be visible to your eyes. May we express appreciation to the many consecrated church members who prayerfully support and encourage their pastor in these difficult days. When the critics also develop a Scriptural attitude toward the pastor we predict that the church will enjoy many new blessings and greater progress; the pastor’s efforts will bear more fruit and everyone’s soul will be filled. What kind of a pastor do you have? You probably have the very one God wants you to have the very best man for your particular church to fulfill God’s purpose there at this time! By L.E.A. _______________________ Tract # D-513 Order From: TABERNACLE BAPTIST CHURCH 1911 34th St., E. L. Bynum, Pastor P.O. Box 3100, Lubbock, Texas 79452
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