Reformed Baptist Fellowship

On every hand we hear the clamor for changing the church and its ministry. Nobody denies that the church needs to change, but the question is, “How?”

Many counsel change by appealing to essentially “horizontal” considerations. “Look to your left, look to your right, look all around us. See what they are doing? See what the polls say? See what works in the churches that are growing larger?” We may fairly dub this perspective sola Cultura. Culture is “the distinctive customs, achievements, products, outlook, etc., of a society or group; the way of life of a society or group.”[1] To look at the merely human and cultural for direction in changing the church is essentially a horizontal gaze. When sheep look to other sheep for guidance, the whole flock gets lost. It is even worse if they follow the wolves. None of our local churches are perfect, and so…

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