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Does The Church Believe In The Sovereignty of God? (2005-08-05 - 4:16 p.m.)

Does the church really believe that God is sovereign?

If so, then why do we resort to such cheesy hoakiness to get people to come to church?

For that matter, why do we make such effort to get people to come to church, anyway?

The "Church" (and I'm using the word in this case to designate a meeting place) is where the "saved" are supposed to gather to worship God. Period.

The church is not supposed to be the place to invite someone, hoping they will get "saved."

We are seriously in error if we believe that God can only save people in a church setting.

Recently, I have rediscovered a couple of verses that speak of the power of God in salvation.

One is Romans 1:16. "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." (ESV)

Also, 1 Corinthians 1:18. "For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." (ESV)

If we truly believed these verses (and others like them), we would stop trying so hard to devise all of these human plans to manipulate people into attending church.

We would simply preach the Word and let the power do the rest. The power is in the Word. There is nothing, not one single thing, that a human being can do to make the Word of God any more attractive.

We need to shut up and preach. And, as St. Francis of Assisi said, and I paraphrase, probably, "Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary use words."


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