Below is a series of tweets from Ergun Caner. Mr. Caner is the President of Liberty. He has posted 3 Church Danger signs.
Church Danger Sign 03: When all our time & effort goes into BUREAUCRACY than into MINISTRY. Greased wheels not Great Commission.
Church Danger Sign 02: When the majority of work goes to service the organization instead of serving people.
Church Danger Sign 01: When the memories of the PAST are greater than our Vision for the FUTURE.
This first one is the one that got my attention the most. The simple reason is because of something one of my professors mentioned, that he received from a C.S. Lewis book. In the book, The Screwtape Letters, apparently the Devil is speaking to one of his demons, and the Devil tells his demon that the best way to distract a Christian is to focus them on the past or the future. Focus them on all the mistakes they have made in the past, and then focus on all of the things they are going to do for God in the future. As Christians we need to remember our mistakes from the past in order that we don't do the same mistakes again. We also need to look to the future and set goals. However, we MUST live for today. Each day is a gift from God's grace.
Now something that my Hebrew professor said. I am still trying to wrap my mind around this statement, but don't fully understand it yet. If you can help me, please do! He said that we have defined Grace wrong. The typical definition of grace is "unmerited favor". My professor suggests that it should instead be defined as "favor in the face of demerit". He suggested that his definition is more correct because it is grace when we deserve the total opposite because of our actions. The first definition doesn't show this. The first definition is not the opposite of what we deserve, but just something that we don't deserve. I am trying to wrap my head around this statement.