As people may know, we at Church Watch are no fan of false teachers and false prophets. We do our best to bring you information that exposes fraudulent men and women who hi-jack Christianity for shameful gain.
One such person is Andy Stanley of North Point Community Church.
We have covered in the past how Andy Stanley is campaigning that the church must progress from the “sacred text, sacred man, sacred place” paradigm that he claims Jesus did away with in his lifetime.
Now Andy Stanley has said this:
“The Church really should be … nothing more than a community of people who follow the teaching of a man sent from God to explain God and to clear the path to God. You don’t have to agree but you shouldn’t dislike it unless there’s more to it.”
We are looking forward to Andy Stanley leaving the pulpit for good and get along with his life among the community of his believers. It is refreshing to see a false teacher live with his convictions, step down from the sacred office of pastor and embrace what he believes is right.
Stanley says, “By God’s grace, perhaps in our generation, we will be used to strip away everything that makes the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ unnecessarily resistible.”
Well that starts with you Stanley. We are looking forward to you stepping down as a “sacred man” (pastor) who no longer twists our “sacred text” (“bible”) and shut down your “sacred space” (North Point Community Church). We wish you all the best.
Tony Ridgaway writes,
Andy Stanley: The Church Is Too “Resistible,” Needs Rebranding
In the first message of a new series this past Sunday, February 1, megachurch pastor Andy Stanleytold the congregation at North Point Community Church that the Christian church at large has become “unnecessarily resistible” to newcomers, its stubborn “temple model” needing a rebrand.
Stanley began the sermon by praising the changes made to Christian churches in the recent past: Steeples, choirs and suits are a thing of the past, and the church is much more “accessible for people who weren’t into the church thing.”
“We (North Point) have kind of led the way to create these different kinds of churches … where it’s about creating environment,” Stanley added.
However, he continued, the church is holding onto what he called the temple model, which he defined as granting “extraordinary power to sacred men in sacred places who determine the meaning of sacred texts.”
“The arrival of Jesus signaled the end of the temple model,” he continued. “The Church really should be … nothing more than a community of people who follow the teaching of a man sent from God to explain God and to clear the path to God. You don’t have to agree but you shouldn’t dislike it unless there’s more to it.”
“How is it there are things that people say about us (Christians), the reasons they don’t like us have nothing to do with the fact that Jesus is ultimately our ultimate authority?” Stanley asked. “How did we become so resistible? … (Jesus’) three top commandments [were] to love God, love one another, love your enemy. What is there to resist about that? There should be nothing resistible about the church except … our loyalty to Jesus Christ.”
Stanley said North Point was going to lead the way in finding out what the problem is with the church and change it. “By God’s grace, perhaps in our generation, we will be used to strip away everything that makes the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ unnecessarily resistible.”
Do you think the church needs a rebrand? What suggestions would you make? Is the church “resistible,” in your experience as a leader?
Source: By Tony Ridgway, Andy Stanley: The Church Is Too “Resistible,” Needs Rebranding, ChurchLeaders, http://www.churchleaders.com/daily-buzz/247913-andy-stanley-church-resistible-needs-rebranding.html, Accessed 13/02/2016.
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