IF THEY CLAIM THEY ARE A MOVEMENT, THEY ARE NOT A CHURCH
The problem with lots of today’s cults invading Christianity is the fact that they switch their definitions around. Are they a pastor or a leader? Are they a movement or a church?
Back in 1977 to this day, CLC/Hillsong have called themselves a “move of God” and a “movement”. Christian City Church has also placated themselves as a movement. Louie Giglio has also advertised his Passion City Church and his Passion Conference rallies as a movement in the USA. These movements will happily call themselves “church” when it’s convenient for them but will insist that they are a “movement” to entice either churches or Christians to join them.
As a result of this unusual growing phenomena, the role of pastor in these movements has often been diminished while the role of fuhrer/leader has been heavily emphasised. What is often portrayed instead of a pastor is an infallible, prophetic, totalitarian visionary-like-leader emerging from within the mass to lead the “movement”.
To criticise the leader is to criticise the movement – and no where is this philosophy taught in the bible. Nor is this taught how to do church.
SO WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CHURCH & A MOVEMENT?
This issue of Fighting for the Faith is a must-listen to any Christian concerned with the current projection of Christianity and those who have hi-jacked it for their selfish causes.
Pastor Chris Rosebrough from Fighting for the Faith introduces this very good resource with the following:
“You’ve probably heard it said that the church is a movement, not an institution. That’s not true,.
The church is an institution. It’s not a movement.
And because the church is an institution, it has offices. That’s right. In fact a pastor is a man who is the current office holder of the office of pastor within a congregation. And that office has particular duties and responsibilities and requirements for the person who is the office holder.
So a lot of people don’t understand this. And as a result of the kind-of the loss […] of this idea that the pastor holds an office, their has been a lot of misunderstanding.”
Here is the episode,
The Church Is NOT A Movement
• The Office of Pastor in the Institution of the Church
Source: By Chris Rosebrough, The Church Is NOT A Movement, Fighting for the Faith, http://www.fightingforthefaith.com/2015/05/the-church-is-not-a-movement.html, Published 22/05/2015.
Brian Wolfmueller offered this important information in his Conference session titled “Duties of the Pastor: Expectations & Evaluations”:
A movement is the precise opposite of that.
And while an Institution needs a minister, a movement needs a leader.
An institution needs a founding document while a movement needs a vision – and we are almost completely given over to the understanding of the church as a movement.
For more sermons on this topic, listen here: http://acelc.net/page/2015_conference
Browse their lecture notes by visiting these links:
- Removal of Pastors – Reality & Consequences – Rev. Alan Kornacki
- Duties of the Pastor – Expectations & Evaluations – Rev. Brian Wolfmueller
- What Hearers Owe Their Pastors – Rev. Todd Wilken
- The Pastor – CEO or Shepherd – Rev. Rolf Preus
- Deposing a Pastor – Biblical & Unbiblical Reasons – Rev. Dan Bremer
- Unjust Treatment of Pastors in Post-Reformation Germany – Rev. Robert Mayes
- The Sinful Removal of Pastors – What’s at Stake & What Can be Done – Rev. Clint Poppe