Re: Turning Point Church World Outreach Center-Tell Your Story
Date: November 24, 2008 06:07AM
I've looked at a couple of the "spoofs" on TPWOC. It' makes me sad because this guy is missing the message of the gospel because the message of Turning Point and Pastor Mike is too big, eclipsing the simple and beautiful gospel.
I think we almost always get in the way when we try to create a big, "effective" machine for doing God's work. (This guy would probably like Pastor Mike in a one-on-one meeting in a nonchurch context.) All of the hype and spiritual showmanship may seem like a good witnessing tool to the insiders at TPWOC, but it's not. People see through it. They can sense when something is genuine and when it's not, when it's geared for making the insiders feel good about themselves, rather than for really being simple salt and light to benefit a hurting, dark world.
It seems throughout scripture (both testaments) that God generally avoids using humanly logical methods for getting things done. (Didn't Jesus' followers get a little frustrated with Him for this tendency: "When are you ushering in the kingdom, Jesus? When will you really get it done?" is what they asked Him, in essence.) Why do we, then, try to set up "power ministry" to take over a city for God?...Is it to make a name for ourselves? To impress God? To say we got it done when no one else did or would? Why? If it's for the gospel's sake, why is the gospel so overshadowed by the personages of leadership at TP and their ministries?
I beleive that the church, in general, too often gets in the way of true spiritual progress with our big programs, our big ideas, our own agendas. It happens in our lives on an individual level as well as in churches on a corporate level. Jesus gets lost in the shuffle. I know it seems, at first thought, that this isn't true, becasue, of course, there's worship, there are sermons, prayer meetings, discipleship meetings. But what about Jesus himself? Are you involved in the church because of Jesus, or because of the Villamors, your discipler, a ministry opportunity, SOMA, etc.? Could you be as content at another truly biblical church in the area? If not, why not? What makes church, church for you?
If your answer is not Jesus, your answer reveals a problem.