Can’t get any clearer than that! I wonder how popular this t-shirt would sell at a religious conference? Haha.
But… Guilty as charged! The church I pastored last was famous for its renewal conferences. Speakers and worship leaders: we brought in the big guns. We would have a couple thousand at these huge events. We used to have Friday night renewal services that packed the building. Our Sunday church services were like renewal meetings and were always packed.
Some good things happened at these events. Lisa and I experienced life-changing things at these events that we will keep with us always. They helped many people. In a way I don’t regret them. I do have fond memories.But the truth is they had a way of concealing some very serious issues. There were problems that festered in spite of the church’s success. The hidden monster reared its horrible head in a huge church split that ended it all.
The religious meetings and conferences were, in the end, superficial. Like jewelry, makeup and nice clothes. They are fine, but they aren’t the things that matter. What matters is the heart. We can have fine accessories but be very, very sick and ugly underneath.
If we point to the superficial things as proof of our health, then that’s when we start to get in trouble.
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