Just a Bunch of Hooligans

Posted: February 10, 2009 by Josiah Batten in Current Issues, Emerging Church, Reform, Revival, The Church
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I realize I level some very harsh criticisms against the Institutional Church.  I realize my writings may seem negative.  I’ve been told by family members on more than one occasion that I’m a “hard” preacher.

What I want to say in response to all of this is that my desire is not to tear down.  My goal is not to complain.  What I desire and what the authors and editors on this blog desire is to see the Church built up and functioning in the fullness of God’s desire for us.  I want to see the Church fully functioning as the Body of Christ.  I want to see us committed to the Apostles’ Teachings, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.

But if we will commit to those things it will require we give up our devotion to other, lesser things.  If we are to be devoted to the breaking of bread as the 1st Century Church was, we must give up our tradition that says only ordained ministers can serve communion.  If we are to baptize and make disciples of all nations, we must give up our tradition that says baptism is reserved for the clergy.  Perhaps we should just stop drawing a distinction between “laity” and “clergy” altogether, because all it has done is pacify the entirety of the “laity”, turning them into spiritual spectators.

I don’t say all this out of bitterness, I say all of this out of a deep desire to see the Church made into all that it is meant to be.  That God has much more planned for the Bride of Christ than what we are presently experiencing in 98% of American Churches is the understatement of the century.  God does have greater things planned for us, but we need to step out of the traditions, the societal expectations, the dedication to worldly systems of entertainment and Church government that have kept us caged, and we must follow the Holy Spirit and let Jesus head His Church!

What I call for is not an abandonment of the standard established by the Apostles, we abandoned that standard a long time ago; what I’m calling for in questioning tradition is actually a return to an even older tradition, that which was set forth by the Apostles and which is recorded in the Biblical text.

“Our only hope is that renewed spiritual pressure will be exerted increasingly by self-effacing and courageous men who desire nothing but the glory of God and the purity of the church. May God send us many of them.” -A.W. Tozer

“If we will let Him, Christ will do in us and through us that which He did in and through the committed believers after Pentecost. The potential is ours. Do we dare believe that the faithful Christian believers may yet experience a great new wave of spiritual power?” -A.W. Tozer

God bless!


  1. Katie says:

    Great blog and hope to have some time soon to come back and read more!

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