The problem with the seeker sensitive movement

The problem with the seeker sensitive movement


THERE IS JUST ONE LITTLE WRINKLE
WITH THE CONCEPT KNOWN AS THE SEEKER
SENSITIVE MOVEMENT. THAT WRINKLE, NOBODY ACTUALLY IS
SEEKING AFTER GOD.>>THOMAS AQUINAS HAD TO ANSWER THIS
QUESTION CENTURIES AGO. WHY IS IT THAT IT SEEMS TO US THAT
PEOPLE ALL AROUND US WHO ARE NOT BELIEVERS IN CHRIST, WHO ARE NOT
CHRISTIANS, SEEM TO BE SEEKING AFTER GOD? WHEN THE APOSTLE SAID
SO CLEARLY THAT NO MAN SEEKS AFTER GOD. AND AQUINAS ANSWERED
THE QUESTION THIS WAY, WHICH I THINK IS CORRECT ANSWER. HE SAID
ÌWE OBSERVE AS PEOPLE SEEKING THINGS THAT ONLY GOD CAN GIVE
THEM.Î FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE, WE KNOW THAT THE ONLY THING THAT
THEY’RE EVER GOING TO FEEL RELIEF FROM THEIR GUILT IS IF
THEY COME TO CHRIST. WE KNOW THAT IF THEYÍRE EVER GOING TO
FIND PEACE ULTIMATELY, IT’S GOING TO BE IN CHRIST. WE KNOW
THAT IF THEYÍRE GOING TO FIND MEANING AND SIGNIFICANCE FOR
THEIR EXISTENCE IT’S ONLY GOING TO BE IN CHRIST. AND THAT
WITHOUT CHRIST THEY ARE WITHOUT HOPE. BUT THEY ARE LOOKING ALL
OVER THE PLACE FOR THE THINGS THAT ONLY GOD CAN GIVE THEM AND
THAT IS THE BENEFITS THAT GOD GIVES. WHILE AT THE VERY SAME
TIME ARE FLAYING WITH ALL THEIR STRENGTH AND MIGHT FROM HIM.
>>IN OTHER WORDS UNBELIEVERS WANT A GIFT WITHOUT THE GIVER.
UNBELIEVERS INDEED CAN BE SEEKING CONTENTMENT, PEACE,
HAPPINESS, MAYBE EVEN A CLEANSED CONSCIENCE, BUT THAT DOES NOT
MEAN THAT THEY ARE ACTUALLY SEEKING AFTER THE ONE WHO WILL
PROVIDE THOSE BLESSINGS. NEVERTHELESS, THE SEEKER
SENSITIVE MOVEMENT HAS TURNED OUR CULTURE INTO A WORLD OF
CONSUMERS. WE WILL BUILD OUR CHURCH THE WAY THAT YOU WANTED
SO THAT WHEN YOU DARKEN OUR DOORSTEP AS A SEEKER YOU ARE
GOING TO FIND EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR. THERE’S JUST
ONE WRINKLE IN THAT EQUATION AND THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING
FOR IS NOT GOD HIMSELF, THEY JUST WANT THE GOODIES THAT
ACCOMPANY SALVATION WITHOUT THE WHOLE GETTING BORN AGAIN
EXPERIENCE. WHEN JESUS CAME TO THIS PLANET, HE DID NOT SAY THAT
HE CAME TO BE FOUND. HE CAME TO SEEK AND TO SAVE THAT WHICH IS
LOST. GOD DOES NOT SAVE BY PEOPLE WHO ARE SEEKING AFTER
HIM, WE NEED TO BE FOUND BY THE ONLY ONE WHO SEEKS IN THIS
EQUATION AND THAT IS GOD HIMSELF. NEVERTHELESS THE SEEKER
SENSITIVE MOVEMENT PERSISTS. LET’S KEEP MAKING THE CHURCH
LOOK MORE WORLDLY, MAKE IT DELECTABLE, PROVIDE THE THINGS,
THE SERVICES OF THE COFFEE THAT PEOPLE LOVE TO CONSUME AND THEN
THEY WILL COME TO OUR CHURCH AND THEN THEY WILL ONE DAY FIND GOD
WHEN WE ACTUALLY SPRING HIM ON THOSE CONSUMERS. WHAT HAS
HAPPENED? BECAUSE OF THIS PARADIGM, PEOPLE ARE INDEED
CHURCH SHOPPERS, I DON’T MIND SAYING THIS JOHN CRIST VIDEO
RIGHTLY SKEWERS THE RESULT, THINKING THAT PEOPLE ARE
ACTUALLY SEEKING AFTER GOD.>>NICK AND MOLLY JUST MOVED TO
THE CITY AND CAN’T AGREE ON WHAT THEY WANT. THEY ARE YOUNG AND
ENERGETIC AND LOOKING FOR A NEW CHURCH HOME. THEY WILL TAKE SOME
PERSONALITY TESTS, TOUR OF THE SITES, ASK SOME QUESTIONS BASED
ON TASTE, EXPERIENCE, AND LOCATION, WE’LL FIND THEM THE
PERFECT CONGREGATION. I’M COREY CLARK AND WELCOME TO CHURCH
HUNTERS.>>WE ARE SO EXCITED TO FIND A CHURCH, WE JUST STARTED
DATING>>WELL THE CHURCHES WE GO TO NOW DOES NOT WORK FOR US,
IT’S JUST NOT REALLY DOING IT FOR US>>RIGHT, RIGHT. I GO TO A
SATELLITE CAMPUS, I JUST FIND IT HARD TO CONNECT EMOTIONALLY WITH
THE VIDEO SCREEN IT’S JUST->>OKAY YOU CRY DURING CAKE BOSS
SO, LIKE, WE’VE BEEN DOING A LOT OF SERVICES ONLINE, A LOT OF
PODCASTS, THERE ARE A LOT OF PREACHERS WE DO LIKE>>REALLY
GOOD BUT WE WANT, WE WANT SERIOUS YET FUNNY>>YEAH LIKE
COMMANDING OF THE STAGE YET RELATABLE>>AND WE ARE MORE
LOOKING FOR THE HUMOR OF ANDY STANLEY WITH THE BODY OF STEVEN
FURTICK>>HEY GUYS I’M COREY>>GOOD TO SEE YOU, MY NAME’S NICK
AND>>HEY>>THIS IS MOLLY, WELCOME TO CHURCH HUNTERS. THIS
IS YOUR FIRST CHURCH, THIS IS CREEKSIDE FIRST BAPTIST SO WHILE
IT IS TRADITIONAL, IT’S STILL PRETTY CURRENT. JUST THIS YEAR
THE PASTOR STARTED UNTUCKING HIS SHIRTS>>OH THAT’S GOOD>>GOOD
DEAL>>HE DOES DRESS HIS AGE, THOUGH, SO DON’T WORRY HE’S
PASSED THE OSTEEN SUIT PHASE, BUT HE HASN’T GONE FULL GIGLIO
YET>>DOES HIS PANTS HAVE HOLES IN THE KNEES OR NO>>WELL IT
FRAYED BUT NO HOLES>>FRAYED NO HOLES OKAY GOT IT PERFECT>>SO
HEY LET ME SHOW YOU AROUND OKAY?>>ALL RIGHT LET’S DO IT>>COME
ON>>I DO LOVE THIS LOBBY>>IT’S A GREAT LOBBY, YOU KNOW, IT’S
NOT TOO BIG BUT NOT TOO SMALL. SHOULD BE ENOUGH ROOM TO CATCH
UP CHAT WITH YOUR FRIENDS, BUT HERE’S THE GREAT THING, THERE’S
A BUNCH OF SIDE EXITS SO IF YOU NEED TO LEAVE EARLY TO CATCH THE
GAME YOU CAN DO THAT>>GOT IT>>HONESTLY RIGHT UP FRONT DIDN’T
LOVE THE NAME>>NO IÖ FIRST BAPTIST? WHO NAMES THE CHURCH
THAT ANY MORE? I JUST->>NOT THESE DAYS. WE’RE REALLY LOOKING
FOR LIKE A THRIVE CHURCH OR MAYBE RELEVANT CHURCH, I DON’T
KNOW RADIANT CHURCH? SOMETHING->>THIS IS THE SOUNDBOARD THEY
USE HERE. NOW REMEMBER IT’S PRETTY TRADITIONAL SO WHEN
SUNDAY COMES AROUND THEY TURN IT WAY DOWN LOWN>>GOT IT>>BUT THE
ONE KNOCK ON THIS CHURCH THEY STILL USE THE CHILD CARE
NUMBERING SYSTEM ON THE SCREEN>>OOOOO>>YEP>>WHEREAS THE MOMS
LIKE TO CALL IT THE SANCTUARY WALK OF SHAME>>YEAH>>UGH>>THE
SUNDAY MORNING EXPERIENCE WAS JUST A LITTLE TOO TRADITIONAL
FOR US>>I MEAN THE PASTOR’S MAIN POINT WAS A HUNDRED AND
FIFTY-SEVEN CHARACTERS, I CAN’T TWEET THAT>>I REALLY THINK YOU
GUYS ARE GOING TO LOVE THIS PLACE>>WE DO YEAH>>YOU KNOW,
IT’S DIVERSE BUT IT’S NOT LIKE TOO DIVERSE, YOU KNOW?
>>SCRIPTURE HEAVY SERMONS?>>OH YEAH>>YEAH?>>WHAT ABOUT
COMMITTEE ORIENTED?>>ABSOLUTELY>>GREAT>>WOMEN IN MINISTRY?
>>THE PARKING SITUATION, YOU GUYS GOT TO SEE IT, SUPER RARE
NOWADAYS, COME WITH ME>>IT’S LIKE A MAYBE FOR WHEN MY PARENTS
COME INTO TOWN FOR CHURCH FOR CHRISTMAS, EASTER TYPE OF CHURCH
LIKE A HOLIDAY CHURCH>>HOLIDAY CHURCH>>ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS
THAT I LOVE THIS CHURCH FOR YOU GUYS IS THAT ON YOUR PERSONALITY
TESTS, MOLLY, YOU SCORED HIGH AND SERVICE AND HOSPITALITY>>OH
BABE>>AND THERE’S A GREAT WELCOME TEAM YOU CAN JOIN
>>PERFECT>>OKAY>>AND, NICK, YOU SCORED REALLY HIGH IN NEED
FOR ACCOUNTABILITY>>WOW>>AND THE MEN’S GROUP HERE ARE AMAZING
>>YOU’RE JUST GOING TO PUT THAT OUT THERE?>>BECAUSE GOD KNOWS
YOUR HEART OKAY?>>ON THE NEXT EPISODE OF CHURCH HUNTERS>>I
THINK YOU ARE REALLY GOING TO LOVE THIS PLACE, THEY TAKE
RELEVANCE TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL. THIS CHURCH IDENTIFIES AS
INTERDENOMINATIONAL, THIS PASTOR SPEAKS OUT OF A BRAND NEW
TRANSLATION, IT’S THE TUMBLR BIBLE>>EXCELLENT. WHEN WE TELL
THE WORLD THAT OUR DOORS ARE OPEN FOR THEM TO SHOP AND
CONSUME BASED ON THEIR PREFERENCES WE SHOULD NOT BE
SURPRISED WHEN THEY ACTUALLY DO IT.

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