The MegaChurch Phenomenon

Good article/study on megachurches and their faithfulness.  One interesting excerpt from this:

How inimical this can be to the sustaining of a megachurch was driven home to me by an experience I had a few months ago. A friend of mine, who is a member of and leader in a megachurch, asked me if I would like to preach there some time. Before I could answer, he said words to the effect of, “But you’d have to tone your message down. Don’t get me wrong – I like your preaching. But the gospel presented that bluntly would be offensive to many people, and after all, the goal is to have them come back next week.”

It also should not escape our notice that Jesus told us that narrow is the gate that leads to life, and there will be relatively few who find it (Matt. 7:14). Whenever Jesus preached, his winnowing fork was in his hand, and he was clearing the threshing floor (Matt. 3:12). He did his level best to separate the wheat from the chaff by the preaching of the Word.

In John 6, many of Jesus’ disciples began to complain that the things he was teaching were difficult to accept. Jesus’ response was to ratchet up the proclamation of the truth. Their response? “From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him” (John 6:66). His Word did not return void, but had accomplished the purpose for which he sent it (Is. 55:11).

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