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Summary: I believe that most Christians in America are living unproductive, unfruitful, and basically selfish lives. One of the reasons I believe this is true, is what I like to refer to as the "holy huddle." The holy huddle is the tendency for Christians to

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"The Holy Huddle"

I believe that most Christians in America are living unproductive, unfruitful, and basically selfish lives.

One of the reasons I believe this is true, is what I like to refer to as the "holy huddle." The holy huddle is the tendency for Christians to surround themselves with other believers going from one fellowship group to another. It occurs when believers isolate themselves from non-Christians, developing relationships only with other believers. They end up having few deep friendships with unbelievers. Honestly, this trend concerns me a lot, but more importantly, I think it’s breaking God’s heart.

I know the holy huddle is real. I speak from experience because I’ve been an insider. A number of years ago I was serving as an assistant pastor of a church and one day I realized something astonishing. I had no non-Christian friends! How ironic? I was in full time ministry, yet had no significant contact with the lost. I worked with Christians, I ministered to Christians, and I socialized with Christians. I didn’t have time to build relationships with the lost around me. I was spending almost all of my time with Christians. That experience changed me. It has forever given me an awareness of the need to be connecting with those who don’t know Christ.

Now don’t get me wrong. If I taught a course called "Fellowship 101," the curriculum would include topics like: the Biblical basis for fellowship; the need for fellowship; and the benefits of fellowship. Fellowship is an essential part of the Christians life. The Bible is clear. We need each other. We need to be a part of a community of believers.

Luke shares the importance of fellowship in the early church "They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer." (Acts 2:42)

The author of the book of Hebrews encourages believers by saying "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another- and all the more as you see the Day approaching." (Hebrews 10:25)

But, I would also include in Fellowship 101 a section titled "beware of the holy huddle." Can we fellowship too much? I think so. Is it possible for us to overdose on fellowship? Yes, because there are two things you can do on earth that you can’t do in heaven: one is sin, the other is witness. Why do you think God’s left us here? In heaven, we’ll be fellowshipping for all eternity!

Where would the Christian faith be if the Apostle Paul lived in a holy huddle? What if Peter and the other disciples of Jesus never left the upper room after Christ ascended back to heaven? What would have been the long-term impact on the Christian faith? Devastating. Christianity would have disappeared in the First Century.

Have you ever been at dinner and pick up the salt and nothing comes out? The salt is stuck? When that happens, somebody played a trick on you, the saltshaker is empty, or the salt is stuck together. Too many Christians are clumped together and remain stuck inside a holy huddle saltshaker.


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Dave Hindman

commented on Jul 11, 2017

Good article. I think our problem is more the "time out" than the "holy huddle." We should be huddling to plan the play and breaking to play the game (Share the Gospel / share Christ). I don't think we're in a true huddle; we're on a coffee break or something - or a time out on the sidelines. Aren't we supposed to be praying the LORD would send more workers into the harvest? (And shouldn't we be praying, "Lord, I am willing to be one of those workers)?" Matthew 9:35-38New International Version (NIV) The Workers Are Few 35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” New International Version (NIV)

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