This Saturday, our church will walk in the parade with a banner declaring that we are “Still Church.” What does that mean? First let me say, that we are not proudly declaring that all other churches aren’t “real churches” but we are the only ones that are still churches. Jesus acknowledged some pretty messed up congregations as churches in Revelation 2-3. We do, however, desire to make it clear to the community what makes us different.
Every church in every age is the result of a mixture of three influences. These include the culture, history, and the Bible. Every church has varying degrees of each influence and each influence has its value. The order and importance of those influences makes a church what it is.
We have chosen scripture as our our primary influence. Scripture weighs heavily on our practices, which makes us distinct in an age of culture-heavy churches. The trend of our day is to put culture first, thinking it makes us more relevant. God made scripture relevant for every age when He inspired it originally. We, therefore, have chosen to present ourselves to the community as a church that has limited how much of the culture we have let influence our practices. We are trying to convey that by using the term “Still Church”.
- The following verses command and validate our need to be concerned and vigilant about the effects
of any change.
- 2 Cor. 11:3-4 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty,
so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh
preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which
ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with
- Rom. 16:17-18 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences
contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve
not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive
the hearts of the simple.
- Gal. 1:8-9 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than
that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now
again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be
- 2 Tim. 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
The church is the pillar and ground of a truth that does not change and that the world absolutely needs (I Tim. 3:15). If a church is not faithful to the truth of God’s Word, how relevant or innovative they are makes little difference. Biblical faithfulness must always precede cultural innovation.