We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Quantity is NOT Quality

Quantity does not measure quality.  Numbers…have little to do with truth, excellence, or character.  As on sociologist says, “Big Mac,” even with billions and billions of hamburgers served, need not mean “Good Mac.”  But what is misleading even at the trivial level of fast food becomes dangerous as one moves through sports prowess, educational attainment, and presidential character to spiritual depth.  For church growth viewed in measurable terms, such as numbers, is trivial compared to growth in less measurable but more important terms, such as faith, character, and godliness.  Having growth in terms of numbers, of course, does not rule out the more important spiritual growth.  But it does not necessarily include this type of growth either.

Os Guinness, Dining With the Devil: The Megachurch Movement Flirts with Modernity, pg.49-50

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

WOW, this is something my husband and I have been saying to pastors for YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is ABSOLUTELY true.