What Makes the Church Weak? -Grant Skeldon

Posted on February 8, 2011

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Let me start by saying that what you read here may be controversial and anger some. My intention is not to infuriate anyone but to expose a problem I have seen. This is also not an attack against any specific church but my experience with Christians and churches as a whole. There are plenty of pastors and churches that are adamantly pursuing the Lord and serving in unbelievable ways. However, there still seems to be a problem.

On October 31st, 1517 Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses on the doors of the Castle Church in Wittenberg which would soon become the springboard for the Reformation. This led to Christians deciding what a Biblical church looks like and how it functions. Ultimately, the Reformation would result with different denominations. The pursuit for a church that aligned with Scripture was necessary but it got a little out of hand. By that I mean very out of hand. Thousands of Christians were murdered by other believers and as of today there are over 30,000 Christian denominations across the globe. So where do we Americans fall into this? Honestly, we are exhausted. We could almost care less about the doctrine behind a church and nine times out of ten, we don’t even care about church itself because it just takes too much work. I go to college at a seminary so I get to “enjoy” the constant bickering over doctrine and theology. Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t think doctrine needs to be neglected. Doctrine is paramount for me to even know who I worship and how to worship. Although, if I am hearing a lot of talk about theology that isn’t producing just as much action in one’s life, I tend to become disinterested.

So what makes the church weak? Division. In Mark 3:25 Jesus states, “And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.” This is the church today; divided on something that weakens it greatly, loving its neighbor. Now I get that there are legitimate reasons for distinctions on important issues such as baptism, salvation, justification, and others. But as far as I see it every single Christian denomination is called to serve. There is no room for argument on this point. However, could it be that we let all our differences hinder us from being fully effective in our community? What could happen if every Christian church came together to serve? The church is powerful but when divided it is weakened. The purpose of Breakdown Ministries is to break down two different walls. The first wall is the wall between a church and its community. The second wall is between local churches in order to function as the Church universal. Here in Dallas Fort Worth there is more than just division over denominational differences. There is this competitive spirit that has seeped itself into the church and the city is taking a toll. Why would someone want to be involved with a group of people that don’t even get along with each other and are constantly competing for numbers? When we read Acts there are these single churches each planted in a city and over time they completely revolutionize their culture. They transform their city through an unswerving devotion to the Lord’s renown and an uncanny life of selflessness. With around 4,800 churches in DFW alone it really makes me wonder, where is the church? It’s disheartening to think there are 4,800 bodies of believers scattered and divided around us. Could this city handle 4,800 churches united for the sole purpose of glorifying God through loving their neighbors? That would shatter some stereotypes. Over a hundred years ago Charles Spurgeon said, “I believe that one reason why the church of God at this present moment has so little influence over the world is because the world has so much influence over the church.” We must separate ourselves from a business mindset within the church so that we can fully carry out this call given to us. We serve the same Master and have the same goal. What is stopping us? The world is tired of seeing us fight. Let’s break down these walls.

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