Oct 092011
 


Copyright notice: I have modified this only slightly from the post over at 5 pt. Salt, from a sermon by Dr. James White.

Dr. White gives the “tell it like it is” reasons why, if you are shopping for a local Christian fellowship, and thinking along the lines of the mainstream evangelical church, you may want to dismiss a Reformed Baptist Church — and our Home Church (which is not Reformed Baptist).

  • You don’t get to leave after every sermon feeling good about yourself. You may even (*gasp*) desire repentance.
  • You don’t get to hear the sermons in the same way you may be used to. It’s frequently verse by verse, maybe not even relevant to your current situation.
  • You don’t get to be entertained. We don’t want to entertain you.
  • You don’t get to go to church every weeknight for programs. We don’t have ‘em, and we don’t think you should dump your kids in a room for babysitting (however it is disguised).
  • You don’t get to be ‘lost in the crowd’. We tend to have accountability to one another.
  • You don’t get to hear social commentary. Sermons are mostly biblical and serious.
  • We’re not considered ‘seeker-friendly’. Here we differ from Dr. White a bit in theology, but the principle point stands: We don’t believe that is the purpose of a worship service, nor do we believe in compromising the message to make it ‘appealing’ to unbelievers.
  • You’re asked to apply the sermons to your life.
  • You’re asked to attend services regularly, to support your elders in prayer, and give sacrificially to the advance of the Gospel.
  • You will experience conviction of sin with regularity. You will also be frequently reminded of vital doctrines, without compromise.

The details are very well laid-out by Dr. White, and clarify these points greatly. I highly recommend that you go and listen to the whole message: Click here.

It’s nice to hear a pastor spell out so many of the things we feel strongly about!

  3 Responses to “Top Ten Reasons You Won't Like Our Church”

  1. great little article, good points.

  2. Thanks for this article – there is a church like this in my North Jersey area. Very local, and they fit the description stated here perfectly. It was awesome just to walk into the place. But one problem, they are the most proud people I have ever met. I visted this church and they slammed every evangelical church within 10 miles. (from the pulpit!)

    My church is not as perfect as the one I visted, and we know we are not perfect. We exist by the Grace of God alone, and that is it. We wish to grow and even be like our big brother in Christ across town, but may never attain. Instead of slamming us – maybe they could help us out once in a while.

  3. Sounds very similar to our Traditional Catholic parish if you don’t mind me saying so.

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