Even people who used to lead in the church often stop attending (here are 9 reasons why church leaders do that). But as trendy as the idea of writing off the church may be, it’s a mistake.
We’ve spent a lot of time working through the issue of declining church attendance (and growing disillusionment with the church) on this blog and in my leadership podcast. While writing off the church passes as sophisticated thinking, it’s actually the opposite; what if it’s a simplistic and even reductionistic line of thinking that leads nowhere constructive? Half-reading the New Testament with one eye closed will still lead you to the inescapable conclusion that the church was God’s idea.
At daybreak the woman went back to the house where her master was staying, fell down at the door and lay there until daylight.
When her master got up in the morning and opened the door of the house and stepped out to continue on his way, there lay his concubine, fallen in the doorway of the house, with her hands on the threshold.
For I have opened my mouth to the Lord, and I cannot take back my vow.’” (Judges -1, 34-5) No.
5: Another blood-curdling tale from the Book of Judges, where an Israelite man is trapped in a house by a hostile crowd, and sends out his concubine to placate them: “So the man took his concubine and sent her outside to them, and they raped her and abused her throughout the night, and at dawn they let her go.
Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error." Others on the list included God's test of Abraham in Genesis 22, in which Abraham is made to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice; this endorsement of female subservience in Ephesians , "Wives, submit to you husbands as to the Lord"; and similar advice for slaves in 1 Peter : "Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel." Simon Jenkins, editor of shipoffools.com, said the idea behind the web poll was to make people think about the dangers of selectively quoting from the bible.
The list was unveiled at the Greenbelt Festival in Cheltenham on Monday evening. 1: St Paul’s advice about whether women are allowed to teach men in church: “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.” (1 Timothy ) No.
7: In this story from the Book of Judges, an Israelite leader, Jephthah, makes a rash vow to God, which has to be carried out: “And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord, and said, ‘If you will give the Ammonites into my hand, then whoever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return victorious from the Ammonites, shall be the Lord’s, to be offered up by me as a burnt-offering.’ Then Jephthah came to his home at Mizpah; and there was his daughter coming out to meet him with timbrels and with dancing.
She was his only child; he had no son or daughter except her.