tired of churches who preach self-improvement over, into, under, and
around the gospel. I'm tired of 5 "biblical" steps to a
better marriage, all beginning with the letter "C". I'm
tired of sermon titles like "8 easy steps to being a successful
Christian with the first letter of each point spelling a self-help
acronym) If you want an acronym for 8 steps to understanding
"self-improvement" churches it would be B-U-L-L-S-*-*-T.
teaching in churches is nothing more than exogesis in a modern
pop-psychological-Rush Limbaugh world view. The "autonomous
knower" already knows what he wants to tell "his"
people. So he reads into the scripture "principles" that
will help them.
LAZY pastor is prostituting himself again. Self-help sermons belong
in the church as much as that Golden TBN furniture belongs in a
bachelor pad. Most bachelor's don't live in Versailles and they
don't have the middle name "wolfgang".
say that self-help sermons are about as theologically correct as the
"left behind series". Sure they both have their own
sections at Barnes and Noble and you hear about them in church, but
taking them to their fullest extent leaves you completely and
utterly frustrated. Why? Because of focus. Self-Help is primarily
seems to me that scripture talks a lot about God transforming us.
That it's by God's power we change. It's by God's help we become
"better". That the junk in our lives is removed only by
God and that anything we do to change ourselves is simply in vain.
I'll give self-help pastors this... we are all messed up. We're all
drowning with land in sight. I just wish we'd focus our effort in a
about this? Instead of spending inordinate amounts of money on Dr.
Phil books or the latest Oprah mag. How about shutting-up, getting
alone, being still and listening to the only one who can make a
difference in our lives. If you find yourself at a church where they
preach "self-help"... get out and find someone who's
really interested in you. Someone who's interested in getting to
know you, and accepts you where you are, and not as you should be.
pastors only care about what you can do for them. Most likely
because they can't help themselves and they are stuck just like you.
Anyone read Matthew 23 recently? Of course... I could be wrong.
Riddle is a pastor from Tulsa, Oklahoma and the Co-founder
of Liquid Thinking, Inc. He is the husband of Pam and the
father of "2 kids."