Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Rick Warren's "Relationships" Will Not Hold A Church Together

According to Rick Warren, “Relationships are the glue that holds a church together.”

If they believe that to be true, your church leaders will not hesitate to resort to his methods and “use all kinds of events to build relationships within our church family (supper clubs, sports, game nights, picnics, etc.)” to ensure the cohesion of the church body by creating false unity, artificial love, and superficial relationships around special interests.

But where in the Bible do we see that? The true church is the body of Christ and has no need of gimmicks, activities and programs to keep it together. Our relationship with one another is not dependent on us; it is a fact as a result of our being placed and kept in the body by Christ.

So what is it that holds the body together? The answer is found, not in Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox, but in God’s Word.

And He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; Colossians 1:15-20

If Rick Warren will not be convinced by God’s Word, maybe he can learn something from the science of molecular biology. The real glue that holds the body together is not relationships – it is laminin.

Check this out! This is a truly amazing illustration of God’s intricate design in creation and salvation.

first posted 6/25/08

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