Larry Osborne: Why I'm pumped about the future of the church
June 10, 2013
Larry Osborne writes:
IT’S FASHIONABLE TO DECRY THE CURRENT STATE OF CHRISTIANITY IN AMERICA.
But frankly, I don’t buy it.
Some of the most popular conference speakers on the circuit today excel at drive-by-guiltings. They paint a picture of a church that lacks guts, cowers from dying to self, and lives out a self-satisfied, what’s-in-it-for-me Christianity.
In most cases, I like these speakers. They are good guys. I respect them. But I just don’t agree on this issue.
I’ve noticed that their audience is usually a room full of charge-the-hill-type young leaders who eat it up and then return home to look with disdain upon other churches, pastors, leaders, and often their own congregation (oblivious to how much they have in common with the self-congratulatory zealot in Luke 11: 9-14).
Now don’t get me wrong, I’ll agree that we have lots of carnality and self-centered living in our churches today. But come on, that’s nothing new. It’s been like that from the beginning. It’s simply not accurate to paint a heroic picture of the early church without also pointing out its many failures. In reality, the early church was pretty messed up, about as messed up as the American Church.
Continue reading to see just how messed up the early church was. In many ways, it makes the American church look pretty good!