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Mega Church Pastor and Dr. Spock

Posted by wordforit on November 20, 2007

As far as Dr. Spock, I never did understand what was so attractive about allowing someone else to have so much influence in raising ones’ children. It’s odd that when many parents were given an excuse for not being responsible in addressing misbehavior ( as it essentially amounts to) they also began to refuse to take responsibility for misbehavior. (All due respect to those who are, and were, abused).

It takes courage to admit being wrong, as Bill Hybels has done. Pray sincerely regarding the wrongs of any church, especially when it affects astronomical numbers of individuals.

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A Shocking “Confession” from Willow Creek Community Church
By Bob Burney

If you are older than 40 the name Benjamin Spock is more than familiar. It was Spock that told an entire generation of parents to take it easy, don’t discipline your children and allow them to express themselves. Discipline, he told us, would warp a child’s fragile ego. Millions followed this guru of child development and he remained unchallenged among child rearing professionals. However, before his death Dr. Spock made an amazing discovery: he was wrong. In fact, he said:

We have reared a generation of brats. Parents aren’t firm enough with their children for fear of losing their love or incurring their resentment. This is a cruel deprivation that we professionals have imposed on mothers and fathers. Of course, we did it with the best of intentions. We didn’t realize until it was too late how our know-it-all attitude was undermining the self-assurance of parents.

Oops.

Something just as momentous, in my opinion, just happened in the evangelical community. For most of a generation, evangelicals have been romanced by the “seeker sensitive” movement spawned by Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago. The guru of this movement is Bill Hybels. He and others have been telling us for decades to throw out everything we have previously thought and been taught about church growth and replace it with a new paradigm, a new way to do ministry.

Perhaps inadvertently, with this “new wave” of ministry came a de-emphasis on taking personal responsibility for Bible study combined with an emphasis on felt-needs based “programs” and slick marketing.

The size of the crowd rather than the depth of the heart determined success. If the crowd was large then surely God was blessing the ministry. Churches were built by demographic studies, professional strategists, marketing research, meeting “felt needs” and sermons consistent with these techniques. We were told that preaching was out, relevance was in. Doctrine didn’t matter nearly as much as innovation. If it wasn’t “cutting edge” and consumer friendly it was doomed. The mention of sin, salvation and sanctification were taboo and replaced by Starbucks, strategy and sensitivity.

Thousands of pastors hung on every word that emanated from the lips of the church growth experts. Satellite seminars were packed with hungry church leaders learning the latest way to “do church.” The promise was clear: thousands of people and millions of dollars couldn’t be wrong. Forget what people need, give them what they want. How can you argue with the numbers? If you dared to challenge the “experts” you were immediately labeled as a “traditionalist,” a throwback to the 50s, a stubborn dinosaur unwilling to change with the times. “…

Full Article (townhall.com~new window)

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2 Responses to “Mega Church Pastor and Dr. Spock”

  1. timbob said

    Greetings. I’m running late so I’ll have to stop by later and read this. Just wanted to say “hi!”

    Have a blessed evening in Jesus.

    timbob
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    All right, slow down, Bro! We need you to stick around with us!! ;-) This is good news; nothing against anyone’s sincere efforts but when Bible Study is hijacked by Rick Warren’s books rather than the Bible, something’s seriously wrong. Let’s just call it a book club… (personal experience).

    God Bless and Keep You, timbob!

  2. timbob said

    Good morning.

    ( 1 ) HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

    ( 2 ) I finally got a chance to read this post. II Peter 2:1-3 comes to mind as I think of how the emphasis has changed from authenticity to a showing. Thanks for a most needful post that outlines a very real problem in these days.

    Have a blessed day and weekend in Jesus.

    timbob
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    Hoping you had some time off with your family, timbob.
    Yes, it has become such a mess with all of us wanting to be right in our Christian walk. There are two in particular that bother me b/c their approach so soothing but deceptive if you listen closely and study on your own, as I know you do, and as this article suggests.
    I received several books from “Indian Hills Community Church” (in the sidebar) and this type of “marketing” is spoken of in the one named “Division and Diversion”. I read them during the ride to be with most of the family (what a great fellowship!) for Thanksgiving. If you’re interested, they allow you to order up to three for free, and I think Tomorrow’s World (also in sidebar) allows four. It’s a way of finding out about an organization before going further but I have found both of them to be most helpful and thought-provoking.
    We have a lot to prepare for and reasons to be aware and alert!

    God Bless and Keep You and Yours, timbob.

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