I write this thesis in the Name that is above all Names, Jesus Christ Almighty, who's authority trumps all others...I look to Him as my ultimate teacher and judge as He has made very clear in the Bible. I will answer to no other person on judgement day. God has put on my heart the need to address this thesis to the Elders and Pastors overseeing the church in America and not to those who do not profess to be a part of the Christian faith. Please do not be taken back by the harsh nature of my rebuke because it is not directed towards the curious observer who reads what is written on this website. One thing you can be sure of, Jesus would be much more in your face than me when confronting the issues that contribute to church growth decline.
Jesus said, "You will know them by their fruit". In other words, it’s what we as Christians PRODUCE in life for the benefit of others. The fruit Jesus talks about is found on our employment application, right? Please do a fruit inspection by evaluating my resume before you read what God put on my heart to write on this website. I don't want you to prejudge me without seeing my "fruits" first.
There are two essential requirements involved in a fruit inspection...
1. Judging the quality of the fruit (products & services) we produce. It is evaluated by appearance, nutritional value and taste. Read Genesis 3:6 as an example of this. This is the moral or ethical side of the equation which is explained in Galatians Chapter Five.
2. Judging the quantity of the fruit (products & services) we produce. It is evaluated by the physical amount of fruit needed to supply the needs of our community. In other words, it is how well we supply the demand for the fruit needed to sustain a healthy lifestyle. This is called PRODUCTION in Business terms.
These two principles are subject to Supply and Demand as taught in Business School Economics. God will judge us on how ethical and productive we are in selling and delivering our fruits which are called products and services in today's business terminology.
Let me add that Jesus makes it very clear in the Bible that it is our motives or intentions He is most concerned about. He understands what King Solomon meant when he wrote...
Wouldn't you want to make sure you properly vet each person you hire for a position with the company you may own? How do we vet a person for potential employment? We look at their resume, right? This includes checking their personal credit score and criminal background. I have vetted the fruit of many potential hires in my past. One thing I have learned in interviewing potential hires is this truth...
The more transparent the person is, the more honest that person is likely to be. Do you agree? Have you noticed how transparent President Trump is? Don't you think you would want an honest person working for a business you may own?
Please read the content of a my resume with the objectivity (open mindedness) of Jesus rather than the subjectivity (closed mindedness) of a self-righteous hypocrite who has his or her head up their sanctimonious ass. Are you offended that I used colorful language to emphasize my point? You will be totally blind to the meaning of these spiritual truths if you have the mindset of a Pharisee or if you are offended by me using the metaphor "sanctimonious ass". Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the ASS of an ASS, didn't He? That's supposed to be funny if you did not get my jest. Only "snowflakes" and "pussies" are offended by colorful or controversial speech because they have never learned how to be comfortable in their own skin. You can most likely blame their mom for this mindset. This is especially true if a child is raised by a single mom or what they call a “Helicopter Mom”. I have never heard of a father washing his child's mouth out with soap for cussing, have you?
Let me educate you on why people use cuss words when expressing an opinion that they have a strong conviction about. It’s very simple. We use cuss words as exclamation points to drive home our point.
This is why our President uses them to drive home his points. President Trump also uses colorful speech to gain free news media attention and to shock his enemies into showing him their real intentions. I do the same thing as you can see in my Thesis. I learned this mind-altering trick a long time ago. I learned this through all the poker games I played while out at sea on board ship in the Navy. What I learned is the best poker players were also the best trash talkers. The best poker players like to play with our head by saying something that blows people away. Do you know what I mean? Here is another mind-altering trick. Do you remember Lieutenant Columbo? He taught me playing dumb is another great way to get someone to reveal their poker hand. These are two very effective ways to get someone to become more transparent with you if you sense a lot of BS coming out of someone's mouth.
I have learned from much prayer, study of Scripture and many hours of psychotherapy that being too dogmatic in our Christian beliefs leads to hypocrisy and various anxiety disorders. Mental health experts know this is true. People who are obsessed with following the law or following groupthink do not understand what it is to be set free from the law of sin and death. Does this make sense?
I never completed Seminary, therefore, never wrote a required Thesis in order to graduate with a Master of Divinity degree. I never could have written the Thesis you are about read at that time in my life. All you are about to read has taken me over thirty-five years to learn and assimilate in the production of this Thesis since leaving South Western Baptist Theological Seminary in 1983.
I have tried to write about this complex issue where the average adult can understand the deep spiritual truths that are hidden from view from those who follow the narcissistic mindset that is so prevalent in those who control our government, news and social media sources, the artificial mainstream church, public education, Hollywood and Disney entertainment and who knows what else.
I learned in a Sales & Marketing Class at UCF that when you write an ad, write it as if you are talking to an 8th grader. I understand now it's a 5th grader since learning this principle. This is done to reach the broadest spectrum of potential buyers (voters in Trump's case) as possible. This will give you an idea how much public education has dumbed down our kids to a fifth grade level since I learned this in college in the early 80's. Most people are not college grads, so their vocabulary is limited to begin with. A lot of people faulted President Trump because he did not sound as well educated or as smart as President Obama who graduated from the elite school of Harvard. I challenge you to find anyone who is better at Sales & Marketing than Donald Trump. He spent a third as much as Hillary on his campaign and he kicked her ass.
PRAISE GOD FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP!
Hillary needed to be humiliated. She is the most conceited, arrogant and sanctimonious politician I have ever witnessed in my lifetime. I take this back, maybe AOC will surpass her with an even more narcissistic mindset. Who's the better marketer of what they are selling, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?
This is why the quality of private enterprise will always trump government work any day of the week. You can take that to the bank! Pretty soon, if the liberal elites have their way, we will have no money to take to the bank.
I left Seminary with one question on my mind...why is the church not growing? God has answered my question after much time, practical experience, thought , prayer and extensive study and research needed to dig up the hidden answers to this spiritual mystery. It was my practical experience that has cemented these truths in my my mind. The answers are revealed in the following Thesis.
Please click on underlined posted links in blue as my bibliography to support validity of each point. There are a lot of amusing, funny and thought provoking news articles and videos to keep you entertained as you read this Thesis. There are no anonymous sources sited in my thesis unlike what the Fake News Media uses to put a political spin on their news stories. A college professor would give you an F if you use anonymous sources in a Term Paper or a Thesis. Anyone who has written a term paper or thesis in college knows this is true.
I must warn you what you are about to read is very unorthodox by "Mainstream Church" standards. Let's fill up our Think Tank with thoughts that explain why the church is not growing in America today. Here are my thoughts on the reasons for church growth decline...
CLICK ON EACH POINT BELOW TO EXPLAIN EACH ISSUE
*As a suggestion...it's best to start with point one and read each point in sequence after that. There is a plot interwoven in this thesis. I don't want you to miss "seeing the big picture".
Point One lack of humility in leadership
Point Two corrupt leadership in the church
Point Three demonic spirit of feminism
Point Four divorce, broken homes & dysfunctional families
Point Five legalism - the law is more important than love
Point Six idealism - unrealistic aspirations distorts truth
Point Seven politically correctness over rules Biblical correctness
Point Eight judging those outside the church
Point Nine lack of confession and repentance
Point Ten self-righteousness leads to hypocrisy
Point Eleven hypocrisy - the sin that angered Jesus the most
Point Twelve lack of intimacy and transparency
Point Thirteen lack of discipline within the church
Point Fourteen lack of discipline in raising our children
Point Fifteen deny the Power of the Holy Spirit
Point Sixteen loss of our first love
Point Seventeen perverted priorities and principles pollutes policy
Point Nineteen neglect of single adults
Point Twenty lack understanding of addictions
Point Twenty-One Elders not being appointed to oversee church operations
Point Twenty-Two legal issues leaving the church
Point Twenty-Three lack of forgiveness
Point Twenty-Four authoritarian rule rather than member rule
Point Twenty-Five man made church membership requirement
Point Twenty-Six false gospels
Point Twenty-Seven false prophets
Point Twenty-Eight seminary training...good or bad?
Point Twenty-Nine lack of discipleship
Point Thirty lack of unity and what it is to be a team player in the Body of Christ
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