Then I remembered that many of them have a big problem looming on the horizon.
They opted out of social security back in the heady days of the Jesus People revival because they all knew the Rapture will happen before they needed SSI.
It was a badge of honor and a declaration of faith to opt out.
Now, three or four decades later Jesus hasn’t come, but they’re still here and closing in on 65 and retirement…without a safety net to catch them.
Contrary to popular belief, most CC’s are small and couldn’t carry the burden of paying two pastors.
This is a major issue heading up the tracks for many of these churches.
What responsibility does society or the church have for these men?
We are entering an era of decentralized denominationalism.
Reading through the lawsuits against CC, SGM, IFB, and some others last week, it’s obvious that lawyers will be writing church constitutions sooner rather than later.
The lawsuits that many hoped would bring greater accountability to organizations are actually going to do the opposite as these organizations decentralize to avoid the cost of lawsuits.
It will be more and more incumbent on locals to take responsibility for what goes on…and less and less lucrative for attorneys to assist.
Just for fun…who would be on your Mt. Rushmore of the faith?
What four people have influenced your faith the most?
I had to think harder than I thought I would to narrow it to four…
1. John Calvin
2. J.I. Packer
3. Steve Brown
4. Eugene Peterson