A Good Word of Caution to Franchise and Video Venue Churches

“Every cult of personality that emphasizes the distinguished qualities, virtues, and talents of another person, even though these be of an altogether spiritual nature, is worldly and has no place in the Christian community; indeed, it poisons the Christian community.  The desire we so often hear expressed together for “episcopal figures,” “priestly men,” “authoritative personalities” springs frequently enough from a spiritually sick need for the admiration of men, for the establishment of visible human authority, because the genuine authority of service appears to be so unimpressive.  There is nothing that so sharply contradicts such a desire as the New Testament itself in its description of a bishiop (1 Tim. 3:1ff).  

“The Church does not need brilliant personalities but faithful servants of Jesus and the brethren.”  

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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