I have discovered others who have become disenchanted with the direction their church is headed. Frustrations are similar, reactions too. Solutions vary depending on the family and situation.
One woman left a baptist church that was seeker friendly and is seeking to understand all that is Lutheran. She desires really the companionship and servant attitude in the Baptist church, but wants the systematic theology of the Lutheran church.
Nazarenes are struggling as their churches have been infiltrated with seeker friendly and contemplative teachings. This is very similar to my experience in non-denominational churches.
Some have noted the youth programs in their church are more for entertainment. There may again be service as a focus, but the fruits don’t go beyond this in changed lives. The youth group kids from church look like every other group of kids.
So what is the solution? Which church will best meet the needs of a person thirsting for a focus on Christ who recognizes a need to get into the bible? I believe that answer is much more complicated than it might appear. Just finding a church claiming to be a “people of the book” is not enough.
I fear a big separation that will do no one any good in the long run. I fear we’ll have the passion in service oriented congregations. We’ll have the connectedness of the body in small group/seeker friendly congregations, and well have serious study in churches with liturgy. I would like to see churches who value the bible as it should be. I then would like to see the body of Christ in service to one another out of love. I hope churches with serious bible study would also have fellowship with one another. I hope there will be a passion to follow and worship, and a passion to support those who go beyond the local church to give the gospel to others beyond the walls of the church.
I still carry the fear of being duped. I see good things in my current church. Pastors preach well and from the text, expository style. People are serving one another. There is a connectedness in the body (the pastor went out of his way to walk up to us in the hallway and ask about a family member he heard had health issues…we are very new to this church and people go out of their way to make sure we feel welcomed and remembered). There are missionaries supported. I’m just waiting for the honeymoon phase to end.
When will a program check out as tainted by contemplative? When will I see the compromises? Of course, I do not expect the church to be perfect. However, I am still cautious. I feel for those who haven’t yet found a church to scrutinize, however.
We’ve seen good things in this church, many good things. It’s horrible to keep trying churches and only seeing seeker friendly, contemplative, or emergent (or a mix of everything) tainting all. I pray for brothers and sisters who don’t get any refreshing from the pulpit.