Monday, August 13, 2007

Church for men or Church for me?

Here is yet another example of what's being done for the sake of "relevance." When I saw this story, all I could think is that it was a furthering the cause of "low view theology." That is, a low view of the bible, and the power of the message within it's pages. This seems like it's a dumbing down of church for the stereotypical armchair slob who can only laugh at potty humor and beer commercials but who wants to have some form of godliness in his life. God's message hasn't changed and it is as powerful today as it was thousands of years ago. Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David and many others were manly men who knew of Gods holiness, righteousness and provision. They were not nagged to serve God by their wives nor did they need some kind of interesting bait to make their relationship to God more appealing to their flesh.

Men's ministries and functions are great--within the context of a church body that is committed to sound biblical teaching and fellowship. A church for men to get them to warm up to the mainstream runs the risk of emphasizing the worldly comforts instead of the things of God.

3 comments:

Louie Mercer, Frank Mercer and Mike Ellis: The Church for Men Dudes said...

Thank you for sharing
your opinion about Church
for Men. You have a great
blog.

JD said...

Hmm... when I saw this all I could think of was praise to God for the ingenuity of His followers. It does address the question: Shall we go to the lost and love the where they are, or shall we just expect them to come to us and be like us? Your warning of potential developmental problems is always needed in every ministry.... yours and mine included.

Robert said...

Unlike the previous poster...I think that there is a root problem that "men" aren't going to church...they're not saved!

Please tell me how the Holy God of the Universe can radically alter you and take out your heart of flesh, and replace it with a heart of stone...and you have to be lured back into fellowship with other believers by some worldly bait? That doesn't compute!

But what does compute is that the scriptures are full of the admonition that their will be tares among the wheat, those who are falsely saved, those who have a "form of godliness" but aren't save, and the list goes on...

I say we don't "lure" these men into church...we give them the gospel like any other unsaved person needs...and then IF God regenerates their heart...the thought that they need something worldly to get them to church will be the farthest thing from their mind!