Lies we tell ourselves about the church:
We need to grow the church.
There’s a lie we need to be wary of. And it is a lie that is very alluring for us here at St. Luke’s. “We need to grow the church.”
Now, it’s a noble aspiration to want others to worship with us. It’s a good thing to want to share the good news with others. So what’s so dangerous?
If we say that “we need to grow the church,” what will we do to achieve that goal? How far will we go to pursue that goal? This morning we began with a confession of sins. Do you have any idea how offensive that is? I mean, seriously. You’re saying I did something wrong! How dare you tell me that? And it scares people off. Maybe it’s time that we just get rid of that pesky confession. All we need to talk about is forgiveness, right? Well, even that is kinda pesky. I mean, forgiveness implies that we need forgiveness. So let’s just talk about God’s love instead of his forgiveness. Yeah. If we’re going to get more people in here, if we’re going to grow the church, we should just not talk about some of the more offensive things. I’m not saying that we should teach something wrong; we just don’t talk about those things that might bother people. And that’s how we’ll grow the church!
And that’s why this lie is so dangerous. If we think we need to grow the church, if that is our goal, we focus on the wrong thing. We focus on putting bodies in the pews; we forget God’s Word. We’re pursuing people in this world instead of his kingdom and his righteousness. (more…)