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“The Personality-Driven Church”

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James 4:4 (Rabbi Glenn Translation) You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.

1 Corinthians 1:26-28 (Rabbi Glenn Translation) Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly of this world and the despised – and the "nobodies" – to nullify the "somebodies" so that no one may boast before God.

"Surprise, sadness, disappointment, and grief are natural and appropriate responses when someone we admire falls morally or otherwise abandons their faith in Jesus. However, if our faith is shaken when this happens, it reveals something wrong about our faith in the first place. Both Scripture and Church History clearly state that many will turn away from Christ, even many who, because of their gifts and oratorical or musical skills find themselves on platforms where people associate their name with that of Jesus." —Randy Alcorn


The pursuit of credibility is the path to self-imposed slavery:

  • It's unlikely you will attain it, anyway.
  • You'll almost certainly compromise what is right.
  • You're never free to be yourself or to speak candidly.
  • And besides…
  • It's God, not people, who will Judge you on that Day.

1 Corinthians 1:26-28 (Rabbi Glenn Translation) Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly of this world and the despised – and the "nobodies" – to nullify the "somebodies" so that no one may boast before God.