One of the growing tendencies is for churches to add ‘gimmicks’ or methods to their services and ministries with the hope to draw more people to their gatherings. I see a major problem with these attempts. They increase the numbers, but do not disciple those that come (Matthew 28;19) or to bring everyone to spiritual maturity (Ephesians 4:11-16).
For Paul, it was very important that his ministry not be marked by gimmicks. Notice what he says; “But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God” (2 Corinthians 4:2).
Those are very strong words, but they cover any possible way of manipulating people for personal or ministry gain. “Tamper with God’s word” is a serious charge. The following verse clearly shows “the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ” is what transforms the unregenerate heart, not man-made methods. The proclamation of “the truth” is what impacts “everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.” The “power of God” is in “the word of the cross” (1 Corinthians 1:18). As this is communicated in the power of the Spirit, God works in multiplication (Acts 6:7; 12:24; 13:49).
My earnest prayer is that every church will RETURN TO SCRIPTURE, its AUTHORITY and METHODS! Then we will see God begin a movement of multiplication such that no church building will be able to handle the numbers. The expansion will be a spontaneous work of God and no human program will be able to contain it – we will not want it to be contained!
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