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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Idolatry is Biggest Obstacle to World Mission, Says U.K. Theologian

The book of Revelation not only has prophecies concerning the end times, but also contains some very pertinent letters to seven churches of the Apostle Paul's day, that continue to have relevance to the churches of today.  The last church that Jesus Christ had words for, (which Paul recorded), was the church of Laodicea.  A church that thought it had it all together, but from Jesus' perspective, was totally lost and wanting. 

I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. Revelation 3:15-17 NIV

From the article:
“Idolatry … is the biggest single obstacle to world mission,” said Chris Wright, international director of U.K.-based Langham Partnerships, who will be the main drafter of the much-anticipated Cape Town Commitment that will come out of the weeklong gathering of mission-minded Christian leaders.
According to Wright, the three idols are: power and pride, popularity and success, and wealth and greed. Many evangelical leaders, he said, have become obsessed about their status and power in the Christian church and have become disobedient to Christ in the process. They worship popularity and therefore exaggerate or report dishonest statistics to make themselves look more successful than they are.  Similar to the false prophets of old, these leaders claim to speak the word of God but really act in their own self-interest.

Idolatry is Biggest Obstacle to World Mission, Says U.K. Theologian

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