Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Breaking the Sacred Addiction
The following rang true for me. If it offends you, I apologize. If it interests you, please read the rest of it (because the ending is very important) on the link below:

"Here's a strong statement: most evangelicals . . . are addicted to church culture. Take away their Sunday service, their bible studies, prayer meetings, and five-song worship teams and they start having withdrawals quickly. I think that it is a necessary part of this process to have a detox time... I would suggest a time of at least a year of not doing the 'normal' church stuff. For us, during that time of detachment we only did a few things together: ask hard questions and eat. Those were our corporate disciplines."

"Let me reiterate . . . that one of the most beneficial things you might do is take a break from all things church for a while. This may seem really counterproductive, especially when you start having people wanting to be a part of your community immediately. But if your aim is to get people to begin thinking outside the bounds of cultural Christianity, some significantly radical action is required."

Click to read the rest of the article

quotes taken from "Detoxing from Church" by Jason Zahariades

If your community is stuck in any way, then perhaps taking time to "ask hard questions and eat" isn't a bad idea at all. It's not an excuse for those looking for a way to leave the journey with Jesus, but it is a great idea for those really committed to continuing it.


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