Here at Apprising Ministries you’ve heard me talk about the devastating effects of the ill-fated Church Growth Movement1 vomited out of the theological cesspool we know as Fuller Theological Seminary. Sadly, rather than reject major proponents of it like Rick Warren and Bill Hybels, mainstream evangelicalism would embrace them.
This is precisely how the Purpose Driven/Seeker Driven CGM bait and switch ideas of using Madison Avenue advertising to lure people into supposed churches were born. Remember now, no one credible is arguing that these techniques of man-centered pragmatism fail to bring people into so-called Christian functions.
Sadly though, it’s also a recipe for creating stillborn “Christians.” By this I mean people who claim to be Christian because they’ve walked down some aisle thinking that now they’ve “decided” to follow Jesus and have been saved. But the tragic thing is, this SD/PD model of CSM deludes people into believing they’re in the faith.
However, people like this have never been regenerated. Now multiply the phenomenon over decades and you have such as these behind pulpits. Think of it; people learning from “pastors” who are not even born again themselves. People who are almost saved, but not quite. But is such a thing actually possible? The answer is, yes.
For it is written — Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test (2 Corinthians 13:5). The road is a lot more narrow than you’ve been previously led to believe.
The truth is, the Gospel message has been perverted into a postmodern idea of changing the world through establishing community and developing relationships; but this does not a Christian make. Yet you’ll even get this idea of changing the world below from the trailer to the new movie Son of God: