4.30.2011

The LYNDEN CHURCH PARADIGM: I LOVE MY "BANK"?

I think it's safe to say we now know where the marketing strategy "I Love My Church" came from.  Notice the last question of the commercial, "Do you love your bank?  Be sure to read my Part One on the Marketing Strategy, and Part Two on the Big Business Model. 

3 comments:

  1. What is outreach? Is it drawing attention to your church, your works, or your bank; or is it drawing attention to Christ. Clearly, both the bank and the ncctk sign campaign are drawing attention to themselves.

    What makes it more troubling is when people implicitly believe that if you set up a building and call it a church - then by default it is one. Where are the three marks of a true church at ncctk?

    You can always spot a false church and false teachers by the way people worship. Listen to the Abounding Grace radio program of Thursday May, 5, 2011 http://www.abounding-grace.org/Radio.htm for further reference how “churches” call attention to themselves to promote themselves in the name of Christ. Frankly, to use Christ is this manner should cause every redeemed Christian soul to recoil in repulsion. God is Holy.

    Christ clearly warns us in his word to mark these people and beware of them. Many of them may be good moral upstanding people, go to church, busy themselves in outreach; but this does mean they “love the gospel of Jesus Christ” and you can know this by the way they worship. Really, worship?

    It is my intent to reach out to these dear ones who bear the image of God and meet with them, to reason with them, to promote the true knowledge and love of Christ and his worship requirements. It means nothing to “love my church” without approaching God in the way he commanded.

    It is gross equivocation, contrary to the gospel of Christ, to say you love your church then worship him this way (ncctk). The consequence is sin and idolatry. The ultimate consequence without repentance is…. Idolaters will not enter the kingdom of heaven even though they love their church (Matt. 7:21-23).

    Christ makes this distinction, draws this line, and thankfully my Pastor loves this community enough to wave the red flag and provide the warning.

    Please review what Pastor Gordon is declaring here (it is much more than just a mere opinion, or an interesting viewpoint) but the entire history of the Reformed church has revealed the three marks of the true church in agreement with the faith once delivered to the saints, the gospel of knowing nothing but Christ crucified, summarized as Guilt-Grace-Gratitude.

    Kevin Barrow

    Lynden, WA

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  2. What is outreach? Is it drawing attention to your church, your works, or your bank; or is it drawing attention to Christ. Clearly, both the bank and the ncctk sign campaign are drawing attention to themselves.

    What makes it more troubling is when people implicitly believe that if you set up a building and call it a church - then by default it is one. Where are the three marks of a true church at ncctk?

    You can always spot a false church and false teachers by the way people worship. Listen to the Abounding Grace radio program of Thursday May, 5, 2011 http://www.abounding-grace.org/Radio.htm for further reference how “churches” call attention to themselves to promote themselves in the name of Christ. Frankly, to use Christ is this manner should cause every redeemed Christian soul to recoil in repulsion. God is Holy.

    Many of these worshippers may be good moral upstanding people, go to church, busy themselves in outreach; but this does not necessarily mean they follow or “love the gospel of Jesus Christ”. You can discern this by the way they worship. Really, worship? They that love me keep my commandments.

    It is my intent to reach out to these dear ones who bear the image of God and meet with them, to reason with them, to promote the true knowledge and love of Christ and his worship requirements - his commandments. It means nothing to “love my church” without approaching God in the way he commanded.

    It is gross equivocation, contrary to the gospel of Christ, to say you love your church then worship him this way (ncctk). The consequence is sin and idolatry. The ultimate consequence without repentance is…. Idolaters will not enter the kingdom of heaven even though they loved their church (Matt. 7:21-23).

    Christ makes this distinction, draws this line, and thankfully my Pastor loves this community enough to wave the red flag and provide the warning.

    Please review what Pastor Gordon is declaring here (it is much more than just a mere opinion, or an interesting viewpoint) but the entire history of the Reformed church has revealed the same three marks of the true church in agreement with the faith once delivered to the saints, the gospel of knowing nothing but Christ crucified, summarized as Guilt-Grace-Gratitude, keeping his commandments.

    Kevin Barrow

    Lynden, WA

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  3. True words Kevin. May God give us the wisdom and strength to reach out to those in our community, to be selfless, and boldly proclaim the truth of this matter. It begs one humorous question I suppose...
    Do I get a sucker every time I go? The bank gives me one :-)

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