Tuesday, January 15, 2013


The Difference Between Promotion and Outreach

Url Scaramanga @ Out of Ur:
My favorite part in the gospels is where Jesus says, "Come to me all who are weary and I will give you cars, cash, and HD TVs." What? That's not in your translation? Well you must not attend this church.
And then he presents a video about a church that holds promotional drawings kind of like Publishers Clearinghouse. Well, it works for Oprah....

Have we really gotten to the point that we cannot tell the difference between Christian Outreach and mere promotion of an enterprise? I actually think we still can, but there are two problems here. For one, as we abandon denominational oversight and there is no one to give an imprimatur to this church, or any church for that matter, there will be many churches that will set up weird stuff, Which brings me to the second point. Because we are fallen, without such a gate-keeping capability, many shysters will succeed because the buying public does not know what it is supposed to be buying. It really is a, Oprahfication phenomena.

Can the truth survive? Of course it can, God is in charge That is the least of my concerns. More important to me is how does the truth come to stick out above the fray. Well, for one, we could attempt to reestablish some oversight, but that is probably a loser idea for now. More importantly, the truth has to be evident in the lives of people holding it. That is how it will be known as truth as compared to the falsity of such blatant promotion. That demands a lot of us as the leader. Are we willing to pay the price?
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