and blessings to all our friends, in particular our many new subscribers! Thanks for being
a part of our ministry.
CHURCH GROWTH MOVEMENT
I appreciate the many emails we have
received concerning my article "Christianity:
Extreme Makeover Version - The Modern Church Movement - Growing the Wrong Way."
From the volume of response it is clear to us that this article struck a chord with many
of you. I know that my candor in the piece was rejected by a few who immediately asked to
be removed from our list. However, we'll just continue doing as the Lord has directed us
in hopes that those who have ears to hear (or in this case "eyes to read") will
make close examination of the many trends and fads that have found their way into our
churches and our homes. Below, you will find just a few of the many emails on this topic.
SCHOOLS vs. PUBLIC SCHOOLS?
Below as well you will see an letter I
wrote in response to an organization (made up of Christians) who is trying to raise
funding for and participation in the government schools. At the risk of angering public
school teachers I make clear why this is a bad idea. Unless our schools can teach the Word
of God unreservedly I will forever advocate Christian and home schooling. Read my thoughts
in the emails down the page.
PRAISE THE LORD!
Over the holidays one of three major needs
was met for our ministry. Most of you know that we depend on your prayerful support for
the ongoing operating expenses of our ministry and family. However, we've expressed three
specific needs to you which represent special projects over-and-above our monthly budget.
A wonderful friend of this ministry
provided the funds to purchase a high volume, high capacity color printer. With this tool
we'll be printing all of our newsletters, tracts, articles and booklets in full
color. This generous gift
also provided us with a DVD/CD burner, some extra supplies and a couple of pieces of
software that we needed as well. God is SOOOO good!
We are in the process of seeing what is
perhaps the biggest extra need met at this time too. As soon as that happens we'll share
the news with you.
This leaves one of the special project
needs unmet. We need a new more powerful laptop. The Pentium 3
Dell which has faithfully served me for nearly 4 years now is still operating fine but it
cannot be upgraded enough to run many of the new software applications. The presentation
software I use for 3D effects is now pushing my machine (and it's 64mg video card) beyond
the limits. In fact, my old lap top froze up and had to be restarted after the first slide
appeared last Sunday morning. Not good, when you are standing in front of a congregation
full of people and have to ad lib due to "technical difficulties!" With my
present machine I am also limited in the ability to record and produce webcasts and am
unable to upgrade several of the software packages that we already use without a faster
The bottom line is that approximately $2000
needs to be raised over-and-above our budget. Perhaps the Lord will use many people to
meet this need. Perhaps He'll only use one. Either way, I am asking you to pray about this
need. Another benefit from this is that once we have a the right computer for me to travel
with Melanie will inherit my present lap top which will help her accomplish her tasks for
the ministry more efficiently. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP WITH THIS PROJECT!
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As of now, I am writing one of the most important reports I have ever undertaken. It is
sure to be of interest to many of you as we pick back up on the discussion of "The
REAL Purpose of the Church."
Christians and Public School
Randolph "Randy" Brinson, MD
Chairman, Redeem the Vote
January 24, 2006
First off, I do not write letters like this very often. I am not on every
"cause" that comes along. After 23 years of ministry I have learned to choose my
I am writing out of concern due to a news clip from the January 20, 2006 Agape
News Service (http://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/1/202006e.asp).
The story states that your organization is attempting to raise support inside the
Christian community for more funding of government schools.
The admonition of Psalm 1:1-2 should be enough for every believer to shun this idea:
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor
standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight
is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
I can think of no more ungodly counsel than that which the public school curriculum offers
today. Have you lost touch with the fact that since the schools were hijacked from the
Christian model and completely secularized by John Dewey this system of education has
helped to send literally millions of souls to a godless eternity?
Our mission as Christians is not to educate our young for this world only. If we have done
only that then we have failed miserably. Our mission is to prepare them for Heaven and
eternity which would certainly include shielding them for the public schools - who you are
asking donors to help fund!
Without the introduction of solid biblical teaching which follows the model of Noah
Webster the public schools should in nearly every case be completely counted as out of
bounds for the consideration of any concerned Christian parent.
Webster, the father of American public education, said: Education is useless
without the Bible...The Bible was America's basic text book in all fields. He went
on to comment: In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of
the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed. .
. . No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis
of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.
He was and still is 100% right.
One of America's founders also spoke directly to this matter. Benjamin Rush said The
Bible contains more knowledge necessary to man in his present state than any other book in
the world. Rush also stated: "By removing the Bible from schools we would be
wasting so much time and money in punishing criminals and so little pains to prevent
crime. Take the Bible out of our schools and there would be an explosion in crime."
So, unless you can somehow accomplish a complete 180 degree turn around in our schools
that would bring the Bible, prayer and Christian morality back then I suggest that you are
actually helping the Evil One's cause.
It is for these reasons that I have pledged to my daughter that as long as I have breath
in my body and money in the bank then I'll fund Christian education of my granddaughters
and grandson all the way through college if need be. I encourage every Christian parent
and grandparent to prioritize the same. What could be more important than educating our
children with a biblical basis? I sight Psalm 1 again which emphatically states it is to
be done "day and night" - not just on Sunday. It is here that I rest my case for
a complete, biblical Christian education.
Someday, I will stand before God and answer about the things I did that influenced my
children, grandchildren and all who I minister too. I shudder at the thought of how many
people may be mortified in horror before God's throne someday because they allowed the
secular world to spiritual derail the children. Their eternity should be our highest
If you think I am a nutty "fundamentalist" perhaps you are right. These days if
one simply believed the Bible then the tag of "radical" and
"fundamentalist" is applied liberally. However, I simply believe the Bible.
If you care to understand more please read my views included in the article, "The Rise Fall and Redemption
While I believe your intentions are noble I will stand against, speak against and work
against any organization - secular or Christian that would seek to undermine private
Christian schools and home schooling. I believe, though probably well intended, your
organization will accomplish just such a detriment.
Respectfully and prayerfully yours,
Visit Eric Barger and Take A Stand! Ministries at:
----- Original Message -----
From: Shirley (name withheld)
Sent: Wednesday, December 28, 2005 7:45 PM
I had never read your newsletter before but a friend from Alaska forwarded me a copy. My
youngest son and I were saved out of the Jehovah's Witnesses. I was in 30 yr. and still
have 3 children in who have had to completely shun me for 10 yr. I have never been allowed
to see my 2 grandchildren. Although I have been out 10 yr.I have only really known the
Lord for 6 yr. The brainwashing is unbelievable and so deep. It takes many years to undo.
I must learn the Bible all over again.
My question is that you mentioned what it means to be a witness
and gave many examples. However, you said it meant dying a violent death for Jesus. Does
that mean that every Christian witness will have to undergo that? I knew that those in the
tribulation without the mark of the beast would be beheaded but I wonder about those
before tribulation. Would you not be considered a witness of Jesus if you died in another
Thank you. Sincerely,
Hi Shirley and thanks for writing.
First, I am so glad you and your son are free of the JW deception. I know it can be a deep
and laborious process as you mention too. Also, I'm sure I don't need to say this but let
me remind you that no matter what you see in the natural world, don't ever give up praying
for your other three children. I believe God's ear is turned to the prayers of a praying
Now about what I wrote in the article "The Price of Being a
In the article I defined the Greek words translated "witness" and
"witnesses" in Scripture. After doing so I wrote the following:
"To be a witness is to be a willing martyr for Jesus Christ! This is the depth
our witness must take on to be worthy of the biblical definition. Witness is what we are
to do and witnesses is what we are to become regardless of the outcome. It is
certainly not that we must die to be a faithful witness, only that we are completely
willing if need be."
Shirley, notice that last sentence: "It is certainly not that we must die to be a
faithful witness, only that we are completely willing if need be."
A little further down in the article I mention: "Most of us will probably never
experience intense persecution let alone martyrdom because of our faith yet martyrdom is
anything but extinct."
I hope you understand that I was not trying to imply that if we didn't die a martyr's
death we were not truly witnesses. The point I really wanted to make in the article is
that being a witness is a mindset. No matter what circumstance we may face - even
persecution or death - Christians must so fortify ourselves spiritually and emotionally in
relatively peaceful days that nothing would have the ability to change us should we ever
face the kind of turmoil that some of our brothers and sisters around the world face each
day because the are identified with Christ.
Hope that clears up your questions. Please let me know if there is any way we can help or
God bless you!
The Modern Church Growth
In a message dated 01/17/2006 7:22:43 AM Pacific Standard Time,
I just read your email entitled "The Modern Church
Growth Movement - Growing the Wrong Way" and was very excited to hear
someone say what I so firmly believe. Our church has seemed to always have had problems
with growth. I mean physically not spiritually.
The people at my church love and are committed to the Word and are
growing spiritually. Our numbers, however, have never reached a level that I thought they
would. I have questioned this and I have read books on church growth and talked to other
pastors who seem to have growing churches. I have come to the conclusion that if you don't
bring enough of the world into your church with enough "social club" events that
the numbers don't seem to come. People just don't seem to be interested in the Word. As
for me, if the Word isn't taught and the Holy Spirit isn't moving to save and set people
free, I had just as soon not be there. If God, through His Spirit, is not at work in our
church then I don't really want to be a pastor...
...I believe that the church that continues to teach the fullness of
God's Word and not just messages that "tickle our ears" will rise to a place of
victory that God intends for His church. Thanks again for your letter on the MCGM of
today. I found it encouraging that I was not the only one who thought the MCGM was not
quite scriptural. Please pray us as we will for you.
Thanks again and God bless you.
Pastor Brice, Texas
God bless you brother. I am so glad you took a moment and told me your story. I also
appreciate your encouraging words. As I read your email to my wife just now, my voice
cracked and I remarked to her..."I wonder how many other men of God are out there
who, because of their unwillingness to compromise are where this pastor (you) is?" My
heart breaks that those willing to make up a worldly religion to gain warm bodies in the
seats end up preaching a faulty, powerless gospel to so many more than those who say
"Jesus and only Jesus."
Hang in there brother...reach everyone you can with the whole truth and remember, the
reward isn't in big numbers. The rewards are in faithfulness to His Word.
Please feel free to call me anytime. I would love to get to know you.
One more thing, could I please use your email in an upcoming newsletter? There are other
men and women of God who need to know they too are not alone. Thanks for your response.
Psalm 37:23 today...
In a message dated 01/17/2006 7:39:39 AM Pacific Standard Time,
Just read the newsletter on the The Modern Church Growth Movement.
I have to say AMEN! AMEN! AMEN! Keep fighting the good fight and know that there are those
of us out here that you may never hear from...(need 2 or 3 more hours a day for a
homeschool mom) and we are praising God for and praying for you, your family and your
A Keeper at Home,
Thanks so much for the encouraging note and especially for your prayer support. God bless
In a message dated Jan-17-2006 13:57 EST firstname.lastname@example.org
AMEN & AMEN to your article on the MCGM! My husband, son and I left a
church because of their change-over to a "feel-good" philosophy.
And I should also add that my family had attended this particular church for 19 years
before making our heart wrenching departure. My son was on the worship team and a youth
leader; he and his fiancée left a few weeks before we did. Bob and I had taught Sunday
School, counted moneys, participated in the music program, visited the shut-ins and
encouraged others to be part of the congregation. We wrote letters, called for special
meetings, prayed and wrestled with the decision for over 2 years but the leaders in the
congregation overruled us (and several other families) and decided they wanted to
"market" their "new beginnings".
My husband has already sent copies of your article to several pastors--including the one
who was Senior Pastor at our former place of worship. We pray your clearly written message
will touch the hearts and minds of many people before they too get sucked into this
"feel good" religion.
Blessings on you and yours,
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