.....we are not alone
First I met Jeff. Then I met Bodie. It was like listening to your own story as they told their stories..... same stuff....same conclusions. Just received two articles from missionary friends in Thailand who found these in a Mission Frontiers Magazine talking about the same sort of things.... the irrelevance of the existing churches, kids leaving the church seeing nothing there that is real, just all the phony plastic smile and let's pretend stuff...people leaving the churches left and right, much of it the product of..... "proclaiming a defective, unbiblical Gospel." The last article concluded with this:
" Until we realize that we are in a war for our lives, we will be sitting ducks for Satan’s attacks and schemes. We will continue to lose those people who were never adequately prepared for battle. We must proclaim a true Gospel of grace and forgiveness of sin and stop trying to market the Gospel as the solution to all of our problems. It is already the greatest gift anyone can receive. "
There were many more radical things in those 2 articles questioning and challenging the existing models and proclamations..... in a Missions Magazine!
Bodie sent me something from a 71 year old friend finishing his days in Morroco, proclaiming a different model and different message...
"Bodie.... we are in Morocco for the long haul, whatever that may be. I am 71, and expect to spend the remaining years of my strength here. The opportunity is too great to miss.
The church is changing, with new expressions emerging everywhere -- though in the West there will always be elements of the old ways. My hope is for new places where the church has not yet appeared.....to be able to help shape it as it does appear.
We will soon be forming a new website in Arabic for New believers to help them know they don't have to follow the Western pattern because it's not Scriptural, it does not fit into their culture, and it will only alienate them from the people whom they are trying to reach. Extended family is the cultural norm here, and it should be the general pattern for fellowship among followers of Isa (Jesus in Arabic)."
No..... we are not alone.... their are at least 7000 out there that have not bowed the knee to Baal..... are you one of those?