Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Church Litmus Tests

There are various "litmus tests" that people apply to the Church -- rules of thumb as to how it is with a Church's health and well-being. For instance, Church attendance, Church finances, or a Church's commitment to missions. A vital litmus test, for me, is the cultural composition of a Church -- paradoxically, not because it is important, but because it is not. I have attended many Churches -- Black, Coloured, White -- some of which stood in the midst of mixed parishes. Yet, as I have already revealed in the last sentence, they were Black, Coloured, White. OBSERVATION: Why should cultural composition be so important? In many Churches which tend towards monoculturalism, the following tends to be true: Christ is not large enough to put culture in the shade, the priesthood of believers (ministry by members) is not seriously applied, and the principle of being Spirit-filled is not central.

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