By Robert T. Henderson
Ultra-modern pastors are in situation, with breakdowns, abuse, confusion, and divorces achieving epidemic proportions. Robert T. Henderson continues that there's a realm of religious forces which pulls congregations towards loss of life. His resolution is to energise pastors with a biblical knowing of the church's redemptive participation in Jesus' victory over the cosmic powers. They turn into "a door of hope.".
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That Achor caricature is almost normative in the churches I know. Now that you describe it, I see that it's like mine. How do we lose the Vision without noticing what has happened? " <><><><><><><><><><><><> Why does this happen in churches? How do we account for this? " One congregation forgets or is oblivious to its eschatological calling. The other is conscious of its calling to be the community of the age to come. Both are made up of fallible, sinful humans who profess the grace of God in Jesus Christ.
Our congregations exist in the battlefield of the ages, on contested ground, driven by the fallenness of the old age and by the new set of redemptive principles rooted in the coming of Jesus Christ, the dawning age. 7 No congregation is completely Valley of Achor or Door of Hope.
Instead, the illusion was pierced by the most vocal grande dame of this "tall steeple" congregation. She was a woman of wealth and social prominence, one who played a dominant role in the church and was the wife of an elder. This was an eagle-eyed champion of fundamentalist orthodoxy who could discover motes of false doctrine in the eyes of the straightest company of Puritans! I walked right into her ambush. A few weeks earlier, I as associate pastor declined one of her proposals for my ministry.