D.A. Carson: Is The Seeker-Sensitive Church Model Hurting The Church?

Is the Seeker-sensitive church model hurting the church?    If your one of the millions* of people who read this blog on a regular basis, you know where we stand on this question. Today, I thought it would be helpful to let a man I have the utmost respect for weigh in on the subject. To be fair, D.A. Carson does not specifically call out the Seeker-Sensitive church model by name. However, it is clearly in view. Read his thoughts and let the rest of us know what you think. We would love to hear your comments on this post, especially if you are or were part of this style of ministry. What made you leave? What have you found that is better? Why did you stay? Or What have you learned?

In his book, The Cross and Christian Ministry, D.A. Carson writes:…

“If the church is being built with large portions of charm, personality, easy oratory, positive thinking, managerial skills, powerful and emotional experiences, and people smarts, but without the repeated, passionate, Spirit-anointed proclamation of “Jesus Christ and him crucified,” we may be winning more adherents than converts…”

“…Do not think that you can adopt the philosophies and values of the world as if such choices do not have a profoundly detrimental impact on the church. Do not think you can get away with it. Do not kid yourself that you are with it, and avant-garde Christian, when in fact you are leaving the gospel behind and doing damage to God’s church.” (p. 80, 84)

*We are highly exaggerating this number!  

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For more articles on this topic see George Barna: The Seeker-Sensitive Church Model: Dumbing Down Disciples ,   Seeker-Sensitive Absurdities: “Come to our Church, We’ll Help Improve Your Sex Life!”,    Whatever Happened to the Message of The Cross?  or Jeremiah’s Message to Today’s Church Leadership

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Posted on January 6, 2011, in Christianity, Contemporary Church Culture, The Seeker-Sensitive Church Model and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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