Sunday, April 15, 2012

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If you have concerns about a direction your church is going, here are some signs that you should keep in mind. Signs that appear first will vary and  the speed that the church goes down this wrong path will vary as well. This list is by no means a complete list but hopefully it will help others to discern the direction their church is going.

1. The introduction of CCM music.

Your church has faithfully used hymns for years but then new songs are introduced. They may be CCM songs with the music rewritten so not to draw attention. Eventually the lyrics and music are used. This may start with the youth group. Eventually a church will have 2 services. One service will use hymns and another will use CCM music. Eventually the hymn only service will go away and you'll be left with only CCM and a hymn every so often if you are lucky.

2. The use of translations other than the KJV.

Your church has been faithfully using the King James Bible from the pulpit and in the class rooms for years. Everyone brings their own Bibles from home to follow along. Eventually the New King James Bible is introduced. They tell you that it just updates all the archaic words which is untrue. Eventually they will start using other translations such as the ESV and NIV.  Sooner or later they'll put all the verses up on a projector and shortly after that people stop bringing their Bible from home where they can gather dust.

3. Books from evangelicals appearing in the bookstore/library.

The books that your church's bookstore/library carries is an important thing to watch. The books will influence those within that church and eventually the leadership and direction of the entire church is affected. Early signs of a liberal direction would be books by authors such as John Piper, John MacArthur and James Dobson. Then further down the liberal road would be books by people such as Rick Warren, Chuck Colson and Billy Graham. Finally, you have gone all the way when you have books by the likes of Brian McLaren, Tony Campolo and Rob Bell in your bookstore.

4. Calvinism is being taught from the pulpit.

Calvinism often leads to compromised fellowship with other Calvinists. People like John Piper can praise the theology of Rick Warren and all the big names in Calvinism don't give a rebuke to Piper. Albert Mohler can yoke himself with Catholics and the only thing that can be heard in Calvinist circles is the chirping of crickets. What is interesting is that these same Calvinists have no problems with rebuking non Calvinists for much smaller theological errors.

5. Door to door evangelism is abandoned.

Closely tied to number 3 is the lack of evangelism. This is especially seen when a church that has been faithful with door to door evangelism on a weekly or monthly basis abandons the practice all together. Instead they promote handing out fliers to friends and family. They also teach friendship evangelism instead of proactively going out and making disciples as the Bible commands.

6. A lack of Biblical separation

Without Biblical separation good theology in a church quickly falls apart. If your members leave the church to spend all week listening to ungodly music and hanging out in ungodly places this will slowly infect them. Once they are infected they will spread this infection to those in their church. Eventually this will also infect the leadership. Another form of separation is the church yoking with other churches that have different beliefs. As first it may seem innocent to yoke with another Baptist church but if that church has CCM music it will eventually find its way into your church. If you yoke with a conservative Presbyterian church that will start to affect the views of Baptism in your church. As things progress soon there will be partnerships with Catholics over things as abortion. Catholics are not even Christian so a church has no business yoking themselves with Catholics. Today it is not unheard of to hear churches mixing Christianity and Islam together. The term they have for it is Chrislam.

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