World-renowned pollster George Barna has the numbers, and they indicate a revolution is already taking place within the Church--one that will impact every believer in America. Committed, born-again Christians are exiting the established church in massive numbers. Why are they leaving? Where are they going? And what does this mean for the future of the Church? Using years' worth of research data, and adhering to an unwavering biblical perspective, Barna predicts how this revolution will impact the organized church, how Christ's body of believers should react, and how individuals who are considering leaving (or those who have already left) can respond. For leaders working for positive change in the church and for believers struggling to find a spiritual community and worship experience that resonates, Revolution is here. Are you ready?
- In response to negative review by David Hawkins
I think David, like many Christians today, don't understand the difference between the institutional church (created by man) and The Church (the Body of Christ). David lists 7 points in his review. I won't take time to go into each one, but it's safe to say that most of his points are because he misunderstands the point of the author. I'll just address his last paragraph when he accuses the author of telling people to revolt against the local church. The author is not doing this in the slightest. What the author is doing is commenting on the MILLIONS of people who have already left the institutional church to join the Body of Christ and who are better able to serve Him outside the limitations of an institutional church. The author is not telling people to revolt against anything (I wonder if David really read the whole book). This book is a breath of fresh air to those that have been dissatisfied with the present state of most modern day churches and lets you know that you are not alone in your pursuit of God. If you are comfortable inside the walls of your institutional church then this book could be offensive (depending how deep your roots go into the institution) If you are one of the millions of people who know there is something not quite right with the American church, then I highly recommend the book along with some of the books written by Frank Viola.
- Barna\'s over-riding message is that \"whether...
Barna\'s over-riding message is that \"whether you become completely disassociated from a local church is irrelevant to me (and, within boundaries, to God).\" This ignores all precedent and instruction laid out in the book of Acts and Paul\'s letters. Heb. 10.24 and Prov 18.1 immediately come to mind. Paul\'s practice was to set up churches, not \"mini-movements\" -- churches, with qualified appointed leaders, with accountability, with established principles of church governance. And we are commanded to follow Paul\'s example.
The problems with this book are numerous:
1) It is heretical to say that the local church is unnecessary or irrelevant.
2) It encourages people to be lone rangers, a direct violation of Scripture. His ideas are very AMERICAN but they are not CHRISTIAN.
3) It ignores the value of church governance, pastoral oversight, and the functioning of the church as a body / family.
4) It bashes the bride of Christ. Mercilessly and arrogantly.
5) There is no hard data to review! Let\'s see the actual surveys -- how were the questions worded. Let\'s see where the respondents were drawn from. What about Barna\'s own personal story -- let\'s see how his \"research\" was affected by his personal biases, his own \"bad church\" experience.
6) God gave some to be elders, etc. The qualifications for elders are set forth in Timothy & Titus. Implicitly, what this guy is saying is, \"Leave the local church. Appoint yourself an elder.\" But many who will read the book will not be anywhere near qualified to be elders, neither for themselves nor for their house church group, if they lead one. He\'s validating anyone who leaves the local church, telling them that they are the truly mature, on-fire Christians, and the people in the local church are weaker Christians. That\'s pure nonsense -- there are both mature and immature believers in any setting.
7) There is no such thing as a cyberchurch, nor will there ever be. The entire notion is just a superficial way for Christian malcontents to justify their rejection of the God-ordained concept of the local church body.
The title says it all: He adamantly wants people to Revolt. But instead of asking them to revolt against sin, or against bad church practices, he\'s asking them to revolt against the entire concept of the local church, which really was established by Jesus and by the Holy Spirit. May God have mercy on him and bring him to repentance.