The seeker- and the shikker-driven church

Narcissism and alcoholism have this in common; they focus heavily on self. They differ in that the former always, by definition, from beginning to end, centres on the love of self. Alcoholism, in contrast, often has its roots in the hatred of self.

Now, consider the explosive success of “seeker-driven” movements, which attract swathes of new converts to “Jesus, my provider.” Seeker-driven preachers/pastors – for example, Joel Osteen and Rick Warren – use snippets of Bible to illustrate the stories they tell about the great plans God’s got for your life. In other words, they substitute exegesis for narcigesis, In passing, there are only two great plans that God’s got for your life – heaven or hell.

If I were a preacher and could – I’m only saying; I know I can’t or shouldn’t – choose between a seeker-driven congregation or a shikker-driven one, I’d go for winning friends and people under the influence (ambiguity intended) rather than influence friends and people with the seeker-drivel that is such an insult to the Gospel.

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Shikkker – Yiddish for “plastered.”

P.S. What is the Gospel?

1 Corinthians 15:1-5

1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve.

 

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