What Kind Of Church?

  • What Kind of Church?

    A woman called recently, indicating she and her husband had just moved to town and

    were looking for a church to identify with. She asked if we had an attended nursery for

    her two-year-old. When I told her we did not, she thanked me and hung up.

    I have thought a lot about what that woman did not ask. She did not ask if we had

    spirited singing. She did not want to know whether we had simple, truthful preaching.

    She expressed no interest in whether we had faithful overseers to watch for her soul. She

    did not inquire about our Bible study program, nor did she seem anxious to see what

    opportunities for work in the Lord's cause might be available. Apparently these things

    were not nearly as important as someone to relieve her maternal responsibilities during

    the worship hour.

    Another woman told me recently, "I don't like a church that tells me what to do. It's

    none of their business." I agree that churches have no right to make their own rules.

    However, we do have a God-given obligation to uphold the truth (1 Tim. 3:15) and

    expose sin and error (Eph. 5:11). I confess that I do not know how to preach repentance

    without exposing sin and warning people to turn from it.

    What kind of church do you like? What features are important to you? A dynamic

    speaker, special activities for the kids, recreational programs, physical facilities, location,

    family ties, and a host of other things have been given as reasons for choosing a

    particular church. Whatever your taste, there is likely a church to suit. However, you

    should be asking another question: What kind of church does God like? He does not like

    them all. Some are so disgusting He spits them out (read Revelation 2 and 3, and notice

    that the rejected ones include some that are conservative in belief).

    The only assurance of God's approval anyone can have is what He says in His

    revealed word. Will you submit your will to God's and become a member of the church

    of His choice? - Frank Himmel