Sunday, February 11, 2007

Instant Evangelism. Where is the logic?

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Here are a couple of statements that I have found to be true, for the most part:

Many members of First Baptist Church in Alamo equate debt with the will of God.
Many members of First Baptist Church in Alamo believe in sudden, instant evangelism.

Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another
Don't run up debts, except for the huge debt of love you owe each
--The Message
Keep out of debt and owe no man anything
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another

What part of "owe nothing to anyone" do you not understand? Is that only a generalization? Is that only for certain individuals? Is that a "cultural" command? Is that not for the body of Christ?

How logical is it for 170 people to go into debt $4,000,000 thinking THAT is going to make them suddenly become evangelical?

Each regular attendee of FBC Alamo would owe $23,529.41. And somehow, people have been convinced that THE ACTION of owing $23,529.41 each, THAT ACTION would suddenly motivate them to win souls to God, something that they are NOT doing now.

Even if the debt is only ONE MILLION DOLLARS, that represents almost SIX-THOUSAND DOLLARS owed by every man, every woman, every boy, every girl, every teenager and every infant who regularly attends First Baptist Church.

That's not all. They are convinced that they will miraculously and instantaneously become evangelical AFTER moving out of town, away from their ministry base!

Please show me the logic in that! THAT is what I can NOT understand, how going into debt will suddenly cause non-soul winners to become soul winners. PLEASE tell me exactly how that is gonna work!

INSANITY: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

CHURCH INSANITY: Moving the building out of town (away from the ministry base) then continuing to do the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

Since starting this fund-raising program a few years ago, the attendance has remained stagnant. And yet, church members are convinced that they will suddenly become evangelical overnight by moving away from their ministry point.

In the past four years, FBC Alamo has not even added one person per month to the church roll. Yet moving out of town is gonna change that?

I don't think so.

Tell me how?
Tell me how you are going to suddenly become evangelical?
Tell me how many members are going to begin witnessing who are not witnessing now?

Go ahead, convince me that First Baptist Church will instantaniously become evangelical when they go into four-million dollars debt!

Convince me that FBC members will suddenly begin winning people to Christ when they move out of town even though they don't do it now. Prove it!! Convince me!

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