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January 17, 2006

The Modern Church Growth Movement - Growing the Wrong Way

by Eric Barger

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

- II Timothy 4:2-4

Most Christians are aware that within the Church today there is great doctrinal confusion on many fronts. In fact, the list of theological debate topics seems endless. Some of the issues spark healthy dialog and some result in little more than dogmatic diatribe. But while we discuss the merits of Calvinism vs. Arminianism or the historical inaccuracy of Preterism a multifaceted Trojan Horse has wormed its way in under the surface in virtually every Christian circle. For simplicity’s sake we’ll refer to it as The Modern Church Growth Movement.

The Modern Church Growth Movement (MCGM) sounds so positive. After all, who could be against church growth? The movement’s gurus have established strong platforms to use in selling their ideas to Christian leaders and in so doing have become recognized throughout the church world. While certainly not everything advocated by these writers and speakers is invalid, it would seem that today all one has to do is devise a marketing plan and attach a few Scriptures to it and one can find acceptability and popularity within our ranks.


Over the past 100+ years Christianity has witnessed the decline of nearly all of the so-called mainline denominations. The once strong movements associated with Luther, Wesley, Calvin and others have suffered greatly at the hands of liberal theology. Throughout this period Bible believers have spawned new fellowships in an effort to join with others of like minds and to bring clarity to the message that Jesus is indeed the way and that the Bible is the truth. In the case of the liberal denominations, the scriptural warning that "A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump" (Gal 5:9, I Cor 5:6) certainly fits. Once error starts unless it is removed it eventually infects the entire body.

It is not the latest trend that is happening in the liberal denominations that I am writing about here however. It is what has happened and continues to happen to Bible-believing EVANGELICALS, FUNDAMENTALISTS and PENTECOSTALS that must be revealed. The "new" gospel that is now being accepted and preached in thousands of once-strong churches (as well as countless liberal pulpits) must be exposed for what it is in hopes that lay people and leaders will arise against the deception presently passing itself off as "the faith. (continued)

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