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Fellowship in the Woodlands

RockinRickOwen Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 6:37 AM
The first and greatest error of the Church is to synthesize the Kingdom of God with the kingdoms of the world, in structuring themselves after the manner of those kingdoms. This creates an institution that eventually abandons feeding the sheep, and instead "eats" the sheep (i.e. the sheep are seen to exist for the sake of the institution, which does everything for its own survival). The more such a church or denomination tries to appeal to the world, the more it resembles the world. Thus, in this time, Woodlands has created a spectacle designed to appeal to the animal senses of the people, not their human sensibilities.

Most of America's problems are cultural. Even our economic problems stem from the cultural rejection of personal responsibility and the acceptance of collective responsibility. And none of our problems would be as bad if the church was still shaping the culture instead of merely responding to it. I was reminded of this during my annual holiday trip home to The Woodlands, Texas.

I've attended Christmas Eve services four out of the last six years at the Woodlands Church (formerly Fellowship of the Woodlands), which is a Southern Baptist mega church that keeps its Baptist affiliation well hidden from the general...