Monday, November 21, 2011

A Congregation or a Corporation?

I just read an article that John MacArthur wrote.  How is the church supposed to look?  How is it run?  What does it do?  Consider his first paragraph from "Built to the Master's Plan":
In many respects, the contemporary church in America looks more like a large corporation than like anything described in the New Testament. Even church leaders sometimes bear a closer resemblance to CEOs and corporate executives than to humble, tender shepherds. Sadly, the good news — that a sinner can find forgiveness for sins before a holy God by placing his trust in and committing his whole life to Jesus Christ — is often eclipsed by “success”-oriented programs and an interest in the bottom line.
It's a good article.  While I would add material to his points (which I am doing as I preach through the purposes of the Church) MacArthur's words are worth considering.