Seeker Sensitive Methods Create Self-centered Seekers

This missive from Pastor Ken Silva of Apprising Minstries is a must read. It shines light into the darkness created by the confusion of the Seeker Sensitive – Church Growth movment. Prayerfully read this as you ask God to open your heart to the truth.

7 thoughts on “Seeker Sensitive Methods Create Self-centered Seekers

  1. The Roman Church is heresy; the Mormons and JWs are heresy; the rank liberals are heresy; but I have come to believe that these seeker/purpose/emmergent movements are perhaps the most insidious because they attempt to resemble Biblical churches. Many of these “preachers” might pass a theology test behind closed doors, but if they do not preach the truth, sounding a certain sound, God will not anoint it and it falls to the ground void. Tens of millions of people are sadly playing with strange fire concerning their own salvation and they don’t even know it. Pat Robertson’s advice to join with the Roman Catholics on moral issues completely reveals the unscriptural nature of these “moral crusades”. Our only moral correction is within the church and to the world we lift up Christ. To the average believer the church growth movement seems like a good idea, but it isn’t long before the message weakens and false conversions abound. Although I am not a Calvinist, one of the great quotes from MacArthur’s “Gospel According to Jesus” is that in these seeker churches the gospel is not presented clear enough for the non-elect to reject it! Powerful statement and sadly true. Thanks Ken and Mike.


  2. Thanks Rick. I am Reformed, but more along the lines of C.H. Spurgeon or John Piper or John Bunyan. The Gospel – in its entireity, full force, must be preached or presented to the lost. We don’t know who the non-elect or Elect are and we must be obedient to the call to evangelize from the Word of God.

    When the non-gospel of the seeker-sensitive group is preached it does not provide the means of conviction of sin and the required picture of utter lostness because of that guilt before a Holy and Righteous God.

    The seeker-sensitive preachers will have blood on their hands when they stand before the Lord to give an account. I shudder at the rebuke that will come from our Lord to these people.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff


  3. Thank you for posting this article Mike. Ken did an excellent job of saying exactly what we have witnessed. The church has become all to focused on felt needs and not focused on God and His Word and His glory. I am thankful that there is a remnant out there and that we can find fellowship around the truth through sites such as this one. I am too thankful that there are some godly pastors who remain faithful to the task, and have not turned to the right or to the left.

    Thank you!!! And Plow on my friend!


  4. Mike, Henry and bruisedreed,

    Thank you for your kind comments, they mean a lot to a weary soldier. And with the upcoming move I covet your prayers as the new home the Lord led us to is a step in faith financially.


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