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For me, Christian spiritual formation is the invitational journey where we cooperate with the Holy Spirit so that God can form us to be more and more like Christ. This is a path of Christian spiritual formation. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed" John 6: 26, I once had one to say to me, "We have three times the people than where you preach; therefore, we are more desirable.
In order to attract more people, they lower the gospel standard. Many churches, even too many churches of Christ, have become the environs of all sorts of impenitent sinners.
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I asked the person who made the above brag how many of their members would he think are in adulterous marriages. His reply was, "I do not think, I know that at least half are living in adultery" cp.
As you consider the book of Acts, the history book of the New Testament, the emphasis was on the truth and complying with truth rather than mere numbers Acts 2ff. Big fancy edifices have become the means of determining the greatness of a church. I once preached for a church that had a large building of which they were very proud.
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In fact, the building was a landmark for that area of Texas. People would attend just to see the building. I am afraid that many today have a love affair with the "church building" and not the "church" Matt. I am not opposed to a church owning a building in which to meet, however, the building must not be the attraction or the emphasis. I remember one church of Christ glorying in their new building, featuring a steeple that alone cost 1.
Most churches are nothing short of social clubs, providing the social needs of some. Let us face it, many join churches due simply to social advantage. They seek out a church based on their children and what children are in attendance and they seek churches that provide day care centers, schools, etc. The gospel, what is that?
In fact, the smaller amount of the Bible, the more some people prefer it.