I wonder if stronger churches are thinning out the nominal, non-committed, window-shopping church-hoppers. Maybe visitors are facing a rebirth of solid doctrine and unashamed gospel preaching and finally hearing what the Bible is really about.
The name Christian could be going under serious reconstruction.
This isn’t to diminish those who have been hurt by church or have legitimate concerns. But Jesus did say small is the gate and only a few will find it. It wasn’t a conditional statement; he was unequivocal. Only a few make it.
I love it when churches shoot up in numbers, but part of me also wonders if the church is winning these numbers with fancy hype. It’s possible to build a church without the Holy Spirit, which scares me. But if the Spirit is there, we would expect people to leave too.
Either way, we still need to do better.
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
— Matthew 7:13-14
3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
— 2 Timothy 4:3-5
They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.
— 1 John 2:19