5 Marks of a Spiritual Pioneer

5 Marks of a Spiritual Pioneer February 11, 2014

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  • Yes, you need to read the book. If/when you read that chapter, you’ll discover how the Sunday morning Protestant order of worship 1) throttles the headship of Jesus Christ 2) suppresses the functioning of the body of Christ 3) yields little to no transformation 4) is a monumental waste of money (as great deals of $$ and lots of time are all toward that 2 hour gathering each week) 5) has Zero support in the NT and is an invention of human beings 6) is boring for countless people (lacking spiritual life) and hence why so many Christians, including prominent leaders, don’t care to attend it 7) worst of all, it replaces and coopts what the NT clearly teaches about what a gathering of the ekklesia was for and how it functioned. The very fact that you are asking these questions is a perfect example that this is so little understood. So the issue is not “thin” by any stretch. Plus the history of where the Protestant Sunday “ritual” came from is super fascinating. Here’s the site with a ton of free resources: http://www.PaganChristianity.org and discounts on the book.

  • Miles Mullin

    Okay. So even though Christians have been gathered together on Sundays for and ordered service since (at least) the second century, the problem is the Protestant manifestation of that? I guess I need to read the book, but that seems a pretty thin distinction upon which to build a critique.

  • Rolland Coburn

    Thank you for your reply

  • I’m talking about the Protestant order of worship, not the day when the Christians gathered. All the documentation and analysis for this is found in “Pagan Christianity” http://www.PaganChristianity.org – the history is eye-opening.

  • The Protestant order of worship IS around 500 years old. It was invented by the Reformers and built on the RCC mass. You can see full documentation and analysis in “Pagan Christianity” http://www.PaganChristianity.org

  • Miles Mullin

    There are lots of problems with the manner in which most evangelicals approach “church” in America, and they ought to be criticized. But I am confused about the claims regarding the “Sunday morning ‘church service’ only being 500 years old is confusing. I’m not sure if the parenthesis are supposed to indicate something, but taken on face value, that statement is inaccurate. Can you clarify your meaning?

  • Rolland Coburn

    “(You do realize that the Sunday morning “church service” is 500 years old, it doesn’t come from anything we find in the New Testament, and it’s changed little all those years.)” Doesn’t the Didache speak of meeting together on the Lord’s Day in Chapter 14? As well as a reference in Acts 20?

  • wesschoel

    I’m one of those pioneers. Always have been. But in recent years my pioneer spirit has led me away from more than it has led me to. I’ve left the institutional church. I’ve thanked Frank Viola and George Barna for that little red book they wrote because it served to confirm my suspicions and comfort my heart. But I left the pulpit before I read the book.

    After more than 25 years in the system and after being a major proponent of it, I have spent more than five years deprogramming, detoxing, and disassociating myself from the institutional church and it’s programs, seductions, and entrapment. Yet, I cannot condemn the institution in total because it still serves many good purposes. I simply cannot, in good conscience, serve my God or His people from within the institution any longer – not because it’s evil but because I’m a pioneer.

    I don’t think any one who has bought into the institutional church should expect to leave the system without some derision from their peers, family and those still in the system. But the biggest battle will be the one that rages in their own minds. Trying to fulfill the “call” on their lives without the accoutrements of organized religion takes a major shift in thinking. But it is so worth it. As the institutional church wanes in power and popularity, the world is waiting for the pioneers of faith to once again take the lead and point the way.

  • Derrick

    Frank,

    What I found most unsettling about DM’s recent blog post has nothing to do with him not going to a traditional church (read: evangelical church). But rather, his post-modern epistemology and reasoning is troubling to me. I found nothing in his post to be enlightening, rather it seemed that he was just clearing his conscience and letting his readers know ‘do what feels best.’ Now I don’t read DM, nor have I read any of his work – so it seems that I’m not the audience he is speaking to because I don’t care too much for ecclesiological musings detached from exegesis or church history. Question tradition all day long, vet every part of your conscious, conclude what you will and bind yourself to those convictions. (Hey I think the guy who sparked the protestant reformation did this…) But when you’re concluding that pantheism is a decent alternative to church as we know it today. Please… Just please back it up with more than crafty/relatable writing and empty words.

    I’m a fan of your work because it’s grounded biblically and historically. You’ve caused me to wrestle with the God of the Bible many times. But you’ve always pressed me to go back to the Word of God (whether saying it directly or indirectly), and not to look to some inner light as some sort of compass that dictates my worldview.

    Anyway – My two cents. Thanks Frank.

  • In the present age it is impossible to build an organized church using prayer and the Bible alone for guidance. That alone ought to tell us something.

    What is ought to tell us is that we don’t live in the age of church, for that was New Testament days. Rather, we live in the age of the kingdom of God.

    That which was to come…came.