February 19, 2014
An interesting news clip came out about a local growing, vibrant, mega-church. Seems there may have been some orchestrating of a massive baptism of hundreds of people on a particular day. In other words, what seemed to be authentic working of the Holy Spirit may have had some help from the humans. It appears that people were “placed” in the assemblies to come forward for baptism, enthusiastic people were focused on, etc.
What happens to our faith when what appears to be authentic is discovered to be fabricated? How does something like this affect the church as a whole? Is the church, as in universal church, in trouble? What is our call to BE the church? Are we “responsible,” “accountable,” or does each report of such things just make us more disillusioned?
There are no easy answers. Or are there? Who’s church is it, anyway?