Jesus said, "You will know them by their fruit". 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 each follower of Jesus produces. 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 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 our President 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 of Jesus rather than the subjectivity of a self-righteous hypocrite who has his or her head up their sanctimonious ass. I hope you can see how much time, effort, prayer, thought, research, study and not to be underestimated practical experience went into the production of this thesis. 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 and 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”.
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 cuss words to gain free press 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. 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 person 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 fake mainstream church, public education, Hollywood and Disney entertainment and who knows what else. I left Seminary with one question on my mind...
Why is the church not growing?
God has answered my question after much time, prayer, practical experience, extensive study and research needed to dig up the hidden answers to this spiritual mystery. The answers are revealed in the following Thesis. It is my prayer and hope that this Thesis go viral throughout the "Bride of Christ". It's what the "Church" needs to know right now.
Please click on underlined posted links in blue as a bibliography to support validity of each point. There are a lot of amusing and funny news articles and videos to keep you entertained as you read this Thesis. There are no anonymous sources in my bibliography 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 been through college knows this is true.
I must warn you, what you are about to read is very provocative. 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 God's Word
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 church discipline
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, principles and policies
Point Eighteen - too much man made doctrine
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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