I'm tired of repeating myself. The idea that" ...the membership believes that this represents both the will of God and our best opportunity to reach lost people" is a fantasy. It's a dream.
Folks, HERE is REALITY...
The reality is...that idea is not a dream, it is a LIE.
If the pastor of First Baptist Church of Alamo wanted "to reach lost people," he would have done so within the last five years. Stagnant church growth reveals the truth. Empty seats reveal the truth. Yelling and screaming and berating believers does not take the place of personal evangelism.
Instead of having a "Commitment Day" on January 13, why don't you have "Commitment Day" EVERY SUNDAY?
Instead of stealing members "of a sister church," why don't you WIN LOST PEOPLE TO CHRIST as you claimed was the goal for a four million dollar building program?
If the minister of music/youth wanted "to reach lost people," he would have done it already. Instead of a "worship leading choir" why don't we have a SOUL WINNING CHOIR?!?
If the church staff and the Sunday School Teachers wanted "to reach lost people," they would do it apart from a new building.
If the deacons wanted "to reach lost people," they would get out of those silly deacons meetings and go win some lost souls to Jesus. But the pastor, church staff and deacons are far more comfortable in their ivory tower directing church traffic than they are walking on the streets to those 64 homes within one block of the church building.
The REALITY is...none of these people actually want "to reach lost people." The REALITY is...they all enjoy talking about it and posting it on the church web site. They do not enjoy actually DOING it.
Prove me wrong if I am.
- Deacons meetings are more important than reaching lost people.
- Planting the flowers on the church lawn is more important than reaching lost people.
- Ripping up sidewalks is more important than reaching lost people.
- Blueprints are more important than reaching lost people.
- Sound systems are more important than reaching lost people.
- Commitment Day once a year is more important than commitment day every week.
- Joking about softball is more important than reaching lost people.
- An emotionally driven "worship leading choir" is more important than a soul-winning choir.
- GO to the left side of this page.
- Then LOOK at "Archived Posts"
- Then CLICK on "February" for last year, 2007
There you can read the first posts of this blog that shine light on some important issues. Soon after the first post was up, one of the staff members responded. A few hours later, he removed his post. I suppose removing his post was more important than reaching lost people.
So are you guys gonna continue to PLAY CHURCH or are you going to actually DO WHAT YOU SAY is the reason for moving the church building? Are you going to babysit Christians and maintain the status quo, or are you going to reach lost people as the web site claims?
Are you going to REACH LOST PEOPLE or will you continue to PLAY CHURCH as you have for the past 5+ years? Will First Baptist Church remain its position as a Christian Country Club or will you actually START REACHING PEOPLE for the Lord?
First Baptist Church pays its two primary staff members well. They make a comfortable living by maintaining the status quo. I wonder how much their income would increase if they would actually "reach lost people" as the web site said was the purpose for the new building? I wonder how much their income would increase if they would reach enough people for Christ that the average church attendance would increase by 80 or 100 people per week? That kind of increase would be a glorious thing.
The book of Revelation says there is a special place in the Lake Of Fire for liars. Only time will tell. Stop lying to the congregation. Stop lying to each other. Reach lost people now and you will not worry about any new buildings.
Stop lying and start practicing what you preach.
Finally, read Matthew 23:23-28 then read Colossians 3:1-17.
Practice what you preach.