What distinguished the first Christians from the world around them? It certainly wasn’t their buildings—they had none. It wasn’t their programs—they had none.
I am a newer believer and sometimes get frustrated over all of the different doctrines in various churches. Can you help me sort these out?
You are certainly not alone in wishing that various groups–you specifically highlighted liberals, orthodox, and fundamentalists–just put differences aside and get along. I will briefly look at these three groups and suggest why this may not be Biblically possible at this time in Kingdom history.
What is your response to my disappointment with the local church and decision to attend a small group Bible study instead?
We have a natural desire to be independent, but we need godly church leaders, and should seek to find a local church that has godly leaders rather than to withdraw from churches.
I would like to see more vibrant, Christ-exalting living, first in me, and then in my church and the Christian community as a whole. So I sympathize with what you’re looking for.
Question from a reader:
I’ve heard negative things about Rick Warren and Saddleback Church, as well as Willow Creek Church and other seeker churches. What’s your opinion on this issue?
Answer from Randy Alcorn:
Attacking fellow Bible-believing Christians is becoming commonplace. Spreading inaccurate information is epidemic.