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Rick Koenig

I believe this rigorous study provides profound insight that the seeker-friendly church should consider. Continue providing entertainment for the masses, with only a vague reference to slightly spiritual things, and watch the attendance increase.

A counter-proof is also illustrative. Let's say Joel Osteen steps up to the podium and opens the Bible not as a prop but as the Word of God. He preaches Christ and him crucified. For the next half hour he speaks of sin and how we're all lost in sin. And that the only hope for our salvation is to repent and trust in Jesus Christ.

Poof! 30,000 people disappear, and by the end he's preaching to an empty stadium. Goats don't want to hear that.

Rev. Gary L. Siefert

I totally agree with Rick K, and regarding his last sentence, that also happened with Jesus (John 6:66). It's happening with me too, & many of my parishioners say I'm doing something 'wrong' and the congregation is dwindling because of me. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
Rev. Gary Siefert

Hedied4you

I would have to say that Christians can be boring and irrelivent to me and I am a Christian....How often do Christians join a group outside the church setting with the intent to get to know people on their level and share life with them...letting them ask questions and wrestling with them as they journey to know more about God....I am more evangelistic, so I feel much more comfortable around the lost to be honest...this list seems harsh and might be true but not what I would focus on if I wanted to really get dirty and be available to bring my walk with God to the lost...I am the Bible they read everyday I hang out with them

Dwight Osborne

unfortunately, the message the "unchurched" (a term I do not like, rather "unsaved") need to hear is the message they're rejecting, which is exactly what the Bible said would happen. Thank God for my risen Savior that I now serve and that I heard the gospel so many years ago.

Carl H

Matthew 9:38-39 "Then [Jesus] said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.'"

Seek Theos

This is classic but it is really something that the modern "church" (if you can even call it that) should take to heart. We're told to preach the word, not tickle ears!

One of the above comments is really scary to me, "I am the Bible they read everyday I hang out with them."

Guess what, you're not the bible and you never will be. Are you actually saying you're the power of God unto salvation? I hope you're kidding.

Andy N

Love the theology of this article. It's spot on. But I don't recall Jesus commanding us to bring people to Church. The Church should be going out to them (cf Carl H's comment and Matt 28:19-20). If we spent as much time living like Christ in the world as we spend bemoaning the fact that sinners are sinning, maybe some of those sinners would experience the life and love of Christ and would come to repentance and faith as God shines His light on them. Yeah, the world is dark and scary, but "the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it" (Jn 1:5).

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