A Way Which Seemeth Right…

Celebrate RecoveryI’m quite sure this will be controversial and many who read this will not like what it’s saying, but I wanted to post this for the sake of truth. I also wanted to post it to point out the growing trend among churches today that says, in essence, if it works it must be from God. Pragmatism is not the proper assessment of truth or godliness. If you have a co-worker that bothers you at work because of his constant foul language so you lie about him to your boss that he’s been stealing property and he gets fired, you’ve accomplished your goal of removing the negative influence from your work environment. Your method was pragmatic, but was it godly?

In the same way, the 12-step addiction recovery program called Celebrate Recovery is being embraced by churches everywhere because (so they say) it works. Whether or not it actually does work—which is far from certain—it’s a program that abuses Scripture and follows unbiblical methods.

Please read this article by T.A. McMahon of The Berean Call discernment ministry concerning Celebrate Recovery and its problems. (http://www.thebereancall.org/content/way-which-seemeth-right)

One minor disclaimer: I don’t know T.A. McMahon. As with all sources, known and unknown, please use discernment, taking all things to Scripture.

I welcome all civil comments. Since this topic is very controversial, I ask that you please check any uncontrolled anger at the door before commenting.

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4 thoughts on “A Way Which Seemeth Right…

  1. Good thoughts. I also wonder about the things we consider completely Biblical yet are in no way pragmatic…I guess that would be a different post…

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      • Thanks for the reply.

        There are many to choose from, and I appreciate you asking for my input. I sometimes wonder if Christians spend time discussing things that don’t really matter while ignoring the things that do.

        How many drug addicts, homeless or prostitutes does the average Christian reach out to in a year? Spending time on “bigger issue” thinking and “Christian life coaching” seems the norm while actually having contact with the unwashed (as Jesus did) seems rare.

        Churches seem in awe of those who do the simple things Jesus did because people who do those things are so rare.

        Maybe less gyms. More one-on-one contact with the working poor. Less pot lucks and social gatherings and more time in the projects.

        Just a few thoughts. I should probably write them up rather than depend on someone else to do the heavy lifting.

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        • Those are all excellent thoughts, and I can’t argue against any of them. It is certainly true that most Christians don’t do what they should do regarding social ministry, especially in America.

          Sadly, Christian churches are made up of people. The people that make up churches are typical people with weaknesses, character flaws, and other such things that plague all humans. Here in the western world, a big part of that is laziness and blindness to the physical and material needs of others. This is not an excuse, by any means, but rather an observation.

          Then again, most charitable organizations are run, or at least were started, by people with a Christian worldview. There are a lot of Christian charities doing a lot of good in the world. More should be working than are working; that’s certain.

          Regarding potlucks and social gatherings, fellowship is necessary whenever a group wants to encourage people toward atitude and action that goes against the human nature mentioned above. Jesus showed and taught us how to live a life for him, but that type of life flies in the face of our natural inclinations of selfishness and laziness (among others). It takes the encouragement from other believers to keep that up and to deal with our frequent failings.

          Of course, social ministry is not the only thing that defines Christians.

          Anyway, thanks for the thought-provoking comments. If you do decide to post about some of those things, please let me know; I’d like to see what you have to say on the matter.

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