Saturday, October 24, 2009

Membership matters--but not in the way you think

On the issue of church membership read what J. Gresham Machen wrote back in 1926.

"Last week it was reported that the churches of America increased their membership by 690,000. Are you encouraged by these figures? I for my part am not encouraged a bit. I have indeed my own grounds for encouragement. . . . But these figures have no place among them. How many of these 690,000 names do you think are really written in the Lamb's book of life? A small proportion, I fear. Church membership today often means nothing more, as has well been said, than a vague admiration for the moral character of Jesus; the Church in countless communities is little more than a Rotary Club. . . . It will be hard; it will seem impious to timid souls; many will be hurt. But in God's name let us get rid of shams and have reality at last."

Indeed!




1 comment:

  1. There is only one membership that matters and it isn't found on a spreadsheet in a local church computer.

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