Paul's Passing Thoughts

Yet Another “Church” Meme

Posted in Uncategorized by Andy Young, PPT contributing editor on April 1, 2016

For your consideration:

church meme

So what do we learn from this?

  • Church is defined as a place where “messed-up” people go.
  • Church is defined as a “place” and not a “body”.
  • Believers are still “messed-up” and not personally righteous.
  • People in church are “seeking God”, implying that they haven’t yet “found” Him.
  • “Religious” people are God’s “enforcers”, which is ironic since the institutional church is predicated on authority vested in the pastor/elders.

“Church” is either a place full of messed-up, unregenerate sinners still seeking God
-OR-
It is a spiritual body made up of God’s own personally righteous offspring who have been reconciled to Him and are striving to love Him and others.

You cannot have it both ways!
Andy

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  1. Rebel Anthem said, on June 1, 2016 at 1:41 AM

    Let me ask you this since you feel the way you do. Have you ever been hurt by the church? Have you ever had a member of the Church look down on you in church? I really want to know why you feel the way you do about this because when I read this I find peach and see God all over the “messed up” and feel no peace about going some place with “personally righteous offspring” who think they have been “reconciled” to “him.”
    I really mean it, no trolling, I want to know why you see it the way you do.

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    • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on June 1, 2016 at 7:15 AM

      Rebel,

      Here at PPT we see it the way we do because we love the truth. I hope you are not one of those who label people who partake in critical thinking because they perceive bad fruit as self-focused dweebs suffering from “church hurt.” This is often an attempt to neutralize those who speak inconvenient truth.

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    • Andy Young, PPT contributing editor said, on June 1, 2016 at 9:22 AM

      What is offensive about a meme such as this is not that people have been “hurt” by the “church” but rather the assumptions behind it. I stated those assumptions very succinctly above. Perhaps then I should elaborate some more. I get offended when “church” describes born-again believers in terms such as “messed up”, “depraved”, “sinners”, “worms”, “wretches”, “broken”, “needy”, et al. The Bible calls us “saints”, “righteous”, “children of God”, “brothers”, “more than conquerors”.

      How are we supposed to be effective in our ministry, how are we supposed to be equipped, how are we supposed to be edified when the “church” keeps tearing us down and devouring us with these kinds of ideas? Is it any wonder why christians have no assurance?

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