Sunday, February 17, 2008

Nothing is so easy to fake as the inner vision.

We prayed about it and God told us to move to the country!

Sure, God told some people that they would suddenly become evangelical, but not until they move to the country, away from the people. Until then, it's status quo except for Cattle-Car Sunday.

"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate,
contrived and dishonest -- but the myth -- persistent, persuasive and
-- John F Kennedy

Yep, just bend the truth a bit and it becomes a myth as opposed to a lie. If the roof leaks, don't fix it but tell the folks it is because the building is old. Then just let the roof fall in so you can publicly announce, "See, the roof is falling down and we need to move."

A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally
believes to be true.
-- Demosthenes

We wish to be evangelical. We even tell folks we are. But we really don't reach lost people. We claim to be evangelical. But we are not evangelical enough to reach lost people who live within walking distance of the church. So we tell folks we need to MOVE AWAY FROM THE PEOPLE in order "to reach lost people." How illogical is that?? We aren't reaching lost people now, but if we repeat that myth over and over, perhaps the folks will stop thinking how illogical that is and just accept it as truth.

We WISH we had a new building. So we tell folks we need it "to reach lost people." We don't reach lost people now, but we tell folks we do. Then we repeat it over and over.

In matters of religion it is very easy to deceive a man, and very hard to
undeceive him.
-- Pierre Bayle

Repeat it long enough and often enough and enough folks will soon believe it. Now, many have said "we need to move," "we need a new building," etc. Some have said "we have prayed about it" and "it is God's will." Yet nobody has given a legitimate reason why. When I give arguments, they just keep repeating the myth, over and over, trying to convince me...or trying to convince themselves that the myth is true.

It is "God's will"..."to reach lost people"

Nothing is so easy to fake as the inner vision.
-- Robertson Davies

"Inner Vision." I suppose that is the biggest myth. God somehow miraculously spoke to some members of FBCAlamo but God forgot to speak to ALL the people of FBCAlamo. Some think GOD told them to move away from the people and they would instantly become evangelical. Some others know the truth.

The Holy Spirit is telling some to move and telling some to stay.

Did God somehow speak to you? Did God tell you to move to the country? Did God tell you to reach lost people? Did God tell you to WAIT until you move to the country until you begin to REACH LOST PEOPLE or did God tell you to reach lost people now? Which was it that God told you?

Like I said in the very first post, if you aren't reaching lost people now, what makes you think you are going to reach lost people later?

Guess what?

If you aren't reaching lost people now, you won't reach them later. Not a prediction of doom. Just the truth.


Unknown said...

Where is the asbestos? Isn't this one of the lies that the "preacher" began with? Where is the asbestos? The "preacher" is more concerned with "wordly" treasures than heavenly ones. A blind person could see that is true. Softball, Softball, Softball. It is time for hardball and get the "preacher" out. He has had more than 3 strikes.

Unknown said...

Does anyone read the budget? Do you see Evangelism in the Budget? Hardly, the bare minimum. It is embarrassing. The "preacher" and staff are overpaid and over compensated. The money given to the various missions and associations is the bare minimum. Buying land, buses and wordly treasures is not evangelism.

WKB said...

And John Q, I can understand your frustration. Are you voicing your frustrations publicly? Have you told the deacons? Have you told other people?

Please read the post of February 20 and respond to that one.

Unknown said...

Yes, my frustrations have been voiced, however, they fall on deaf ears; the "preacher" doesn't speak to my kind, I am not funding his dream. The deacons, no backbone, won't stand up to him. I really am begining to wonder if this is really a church or a aged softball team waiting for retirement or a buyout.