posted on Jul, 24 2004 @ 01:23 PM
This is not about Christianity itself, rather about what the modern church has become. People are turned off by the problems that people create
within a church.
I have taken two of the reasons to illustrate my point.
2. It has poor leadership. (The leaders don’t lead by example)
17Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and brag about your relationship to God; 18if you know his will and approve of what is
superior because you are instructed by the law; 19if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, 20an
instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth-- 21you, then, who teach others, do
you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? 22You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery?
You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23You who brag about the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? 24As it is written: "God's name is
blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you."
Show of hands: who has attended a church where the pastor was not exactly living the life that he was preaching or where the pastor's wife thought
she was better than everyone else? While this is obviously not representative of every church, there are enough instances to constitute a serious
problem for some people.
8. It’s out of touch with the twenty first century. (doesn’t share a relevant message for a relevant time).
19Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the
Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21To those not
having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law), so as to win those not having
the law. 22To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. 23I do all
this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
Teachers must study people and the thoughts of others so they can relate to them as individuals. Using a single approach to all does not work.