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Summary: It may be doable but does it work with the Lord?

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"It is only the atheist who adopts success as the criterion of right." - Robert Lewis Dabney

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If Dabney were here today he would have to modify that statement to include many so-called Evangelicals. Just because you have a large church and mucho dinero don’t mean God is blessing. We are success driven and we equate huge buildings with success. Crowds may or may not mean much as all as even 100 acres of tares are still just tares. More is not always good.

Indeed, Jesus ran off more "seekers" than He won. People were attracted to his personality and miracles but when He hit them with hard questions and sound doctrine they either took off running or plotted to kill Him.

The biggest crowd ever won was on the day of Pentecost and there was not a positive, seeker sensitive message preached there. It was a finger pointing, Hell and damnation sermon, recounting the history of history, the prophecies and the recent events that brought about conviction and conversion.

Acts 2:36-38

36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. KJV

No God has a wonderful plan for your life or an hour of praise and worship music replete with dancers and dramatic vignettes on this day. No appeal or sermon directed towards the Pharisees and one for the Sadducees and one for the Zealots or Herodians. No classes aimed at the Young or Old Married, College-Career, Women, Men, Boys, those with Blue eyes, the Left Handed or Right Brained and those who love John Deeres. Just one message to all, "Repent". 3,000 converts with one message would be any preacher’s dream!

There was at least one Church in Scripture that met the modern definition of success and spirituality.

Rev 3:14-22

14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.


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