One of my heroes is Martin Luther, a Roman Catholic monk who challenged the un-biblical practices and beliefs of the institutional church of his day. Luther insisted that the institutional church use the Bible and the Bible alone as it’s foundation for faith and practice.
My experience as a pastor for 25 years in several Protestant denominations and student of church history and theology has proven to me that the church in America needs a reformation of it’s own. The common abuse of power and un-Biblical theology and practices not only strangle the lives and ministries of good men and women of God, but pervert the plan and purpose of God in the Church.
I will begin by differentiating between the church, small “c”, and the Church, capital “C”. The small “c” church is the local, visible grouping of people claiming to be followers of Jesus in a locality. The upper case “C” Church is that which is made up of true followers of Jesus world-wide, both on Earth and in Heaven.
My request of you, is that as you have seen abuses and misuses of power or authority of church leaders, that we bring the misses here and seek to “Challenge Churchianity” to reformation. Whether Roman Catholic or Protestant, the institution of the church must be challenged – not to be relevant – but to be true to its calling and purpose as declared by Jesus Christ.