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11 August, 2007 / theexpositor

And yet another ‘way of doing church’, The Simple Church

Paul Proctor hits the nail on the head with this fantastic piece posted at News with, on the latest concoction from LifeWay Christian Resources (the publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention) in yet another attempt to change the message to fit the people. This latest church growth idea is called “Simple Church”.

In his article, Proctor writes,

“Yes, of course – if it were just “the latest fad or methodology,” it would be viewed as cheap, temporal and of little or no eternal value, wouldn’t it? But instead, Mr. Rainer (Thom Rainer, head of LifeWay)¬†calls it a “philosophy.”

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” – Colossians 2:8

Paul also states,

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” – Romans 12:2

Whatever you might think of the Simple Church concept, this Lifeway article by Mrs. Shrout says nothing about preaching Christ crucified or feeding the Lord’s sheep, but only promotes another book, program and process designed by men who are focused on Results & Relationships rather than repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.

In my opinion, what we have here is not regeneration, but only regurgitation.

“As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.” – Proverbs 26:11

Read the entire article, ‘Simple Church or Another Smoke Screen’