Here is the second disquieting symptom we see in many of today's churches and missions particularly cross-culturally: (See Explanation below diagram.)
Explanation: In the early church Paul strongly opposed Gentiles becoming Jewish in order to enter the kingdom. Anything that added or took away from the gospel of grace was a false faith. Paul taught that it was “faith alone” in Christ which enabled a person to enter the kingdom. Paul’s strong stand on grace moved the gospel from a Jewish context to a Gentile context in only twenty to thirty years. Today, the gospel has been in some countries for hundreds of years and is still not indigenous.
Therefore, there was a rapid expansion of the gospel from Jewish Jerusalem to the Gentile world. Modern day missions have unintentionally and sincerely told or have given the impression that new believers should become western in order to enter the church. Although God has used and continues to use modern day missions, no doubt our western methods have greatly hindered the expansion of the indigenous church, particularly among the third world people groups.
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