Sunday, October 14, 2007

Quotable

Pat Nemmers this morning preaching on 1 Corinthians 5:1-8:

Churches are not weakened by innovative approaches to ministry creative styles, contemporary music, or relaxed dress codes. They are weakened by the unwillingness of the assembly to deal with spiritual rebels who defame the name of our Lord who delivered them."

3 comments:

Ben said...

Do you agree? I'm not disagreeing. . . just thinking through the issue???

Eilers

Matthew LaPine said...

Yeah, I definitely do. If it were otherwise I would expect the Bible to spend extensive portions addressing innovation, music, and dress codes. But it doesn't. It does talk a great deal about church discipline.




Mark Vance had some interesting thoughts on church discipline that I will have to get him to share here.

Eilers said...

I would agree with the first section in the statement. . .

"Churches are not weakened by innovative approaches to ministry creative styles, contemporary music, or relaxed dress codes."

But, I'm not sure that the second section nails the issue. Perhaps from a fundamentalist mindset this would be the way to phrase how churches are weakened (ie. we don't separate enough). I'd rather define it in terms of the gospel. . . ie. every church I've been in in the area preaches an impotent gospel. A gospel that is filled with Roman Catholicism. Perhaps I'm missing the context. The sermon does come from I Cor. 5 so I understand the issue at hand. Not sure I'd preach it different, just working through the same issues out at SBC. Why are we so anemic??? Thanks for the insights. Sorry to write a book!