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Monday, June 02, 2008

Ten ways to help the American Church cease to stink

OK, some of these may be a bit over the top, but I have to give a hearty "AMEN!" to his descriptions.

From The Detergent Church: Salt and Light or Slop and Tripe? by Doug Giles.

1. Get men who dig being rowdy back in the pulpit.

2. Could we have some sound doctrine, por favor?

3. Preach scary sermons (at least every fourth one).

4. Get rid of 99.9% of “Christian” TV.

5. Quit trying to be relevant and instead become prophetic contrarians, I’m talking contra mundus, mama!

6. Put a 10-year moratorium on “God wants you rich” sermons (yeah, that’s what we need to hear nowadays, you morons, more sermons about money, money, money!).

7. Embrace apologetics and shun shallow faith.

8. Evangelize like it’s 1999.

9. Push lazy Christians to get a life or join a Satanic Church. (Ouch!! I said some of these were over the top).

10. Demand that if a Christian gets involved in the arts that their “craft” must scream excellence and not excrement.

I could add many more, but this is a good starting point.

3 comments:

Benjamin P. Glaser said...

Or use excrement in their art...

Steve Harkonnen said...

11. NO ONE turns their heads to the doors during a sermon if someone comes meandering late into church.

12. Get rid of the dress code goons. People are here to worship, not to be dressed to the nines.

13. If you hear coins being dropped into the collection dish, fret not; cringe not. Maybe that person is giving the church their last dime.

14. Do not disseminate church members from non-members. We are all here to simply worship and give our faith to the Lord.

Kamal Weerakoon said...

15. Stop trying so hard to be relevant and exciting. The Bible IS relevant and exciting! Just read it, get convicted, then go convict others!